Computer: Email: Client
E-mail encryption   (0)  [vote for, against]
Integrate encryption into MS Outlook address book

MS Outlook has this heavy duty address book with mainly useless features. Here is a feature I would like to see.

Add a field for a simple symmetric encryption key. You can enter about 1kbyte of text for each address in the book. When you send an e-mail to that address it is automatically encrypted before it even goes to the corporate server. When that person sends something to you it is automatically decrypted with that same key. If you have several recipients in the "To:" line each gets his/her own encrypted version.

To make entering that text easier the encryption only uses letters and digits from the key, so it doesn't matter if there is an accidental <TAB> or <CR> in it.

It's not absolutely safe, but helps to keep the curious boss or IT employee out.
-- kbecker, Jun 07 2003

Remote PGP Outlook Encryption Plug-in Vulnerability
This is so baked that people are starting to find serious security flaws in it. [Aristotle, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]

This seems to exist already [see link].

It may well have a different user interface, use a different encryption method and possess serious flaws that makes your machine vulnerable but it seem largely the same idea.

In common parlance here, it is "baked".
-- Aristotle, Jun 07 2003

PGP encryption can be integrated with a plugin. GPG is integrated with Ximian Evolution, a Linux email app.
-- galukalock, Jun 07 2003

"It's not absolutely safe, but helps to keep the curious boss or IT employee out."
1) No, it doesn't (I own you), and
2) Why do you think it's okay to send e-mail from work your boss wouldn't approve of?

Okay, that's the hardline approach. But seriously, if you need to send that much encrypted e-mail, you're either a (poor) corporate spy or a (poor) job seeker. Either way, you can get caught and - in most places - the bosses suspicion is enough to fire you.
-- phoenix, Jun 07 2003

random, halfbakery