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Note: The mailbox.org Guard is designed to work with your main email address. It is not intended to be used in combination with aliases.

When you activate the Guard, a PGP key pair is automatically generated for you. A key pair consists of a public key (for encryption) and a private key (for decryption). Access to your private key is secured with the entered password, which does not have to be the same as the login password. Thus mailbox.org-Guard is already fully functional.

In the key management (under "Settings -> mailbox.org Guard security -> Advanced settings") you can download the keys (pairs) generated on our server and - if available - import them into your local PGP installation or your local mail client. This allows you to access the encrypted e-mails in the web client as well as in the mail client.

If you have your Guard deactivated by support in the future (e.g. if you have forgotten the Guard password), the PGP keys stored in the Guard will also be deleted when you deactivate it. To still be able to access your encrypted e-mails and data in this case, it is necessary that you store a backup of the key pair in a secure location (e.g. locally, in an encrypted container).
Note: if you reset the mailbox.org-Guard, it will not deactivate your existing inbox encryption.
In this case, make sure that you are still in possession of the corresponding private key!

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Now you have several options:

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  1. All e-mails you send are encrypted by default. If no key is available for the recipient, a guest mailbox is created for this recipient and a corresponding e-mail is sent.

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  1. All e-mails sent are signed with your personal key. The recipient can check the signature for authenticity.

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  1. PGP Inline is the "old" way of encrypting e-mails using PGP. More modern is PGP-Mime. Only check this box if recipients have problems with decryption.

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  1. Here you can set how often the Guard password should be queried.

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  1. Here you can change the password for the Guard. You need the previous password.

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  1. Here you have the possibility to download your keys. Secure your private key and keep it in a safe place. If you forget your Guard password, we only can delete your Guard completely. If you do not have a copy of your private key, you can no longer decrypt messages that have already been encrypted then. This also applies to encrypted data in the drive. To download the private key, click on "Your keys" and then on the download icon.



Attention: we do not have a plain text copy of your key and password!

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