Get a Digital ID

Do one of the following:

ShowGet a Digital ID for sending messages over the Internet

  1. Get an S/MIME (S/MIME: Secure Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (S/MIME) is a specification for secure e-mail messages that uses the X.509 format for digital certificates and uses various encryption algorithms such as 3DES.) Digital ID from a certifying authority (CA).

ShowHow?

  1. On the Tools menu, click Options, and then click the Security tab.
  2. Click Get a Digital ID.
  3. Click Get an S/MIME certificate from an external certification authority, and then click OK.

Microsoft Outlook will start your Web browser and open a Web page on the Microsoft Office Online Web site. Click the link that most closely represents the country/region you live in. A Web page opens listing several certification authorities. Click the one you want to use and follow the instructions on the Web page to register for a Digital ID. The certification authority will send you a Digital ID and instructions.

  1. Specify the Digital ID to use.

ShowHow?

  1. On the Tools menu, click Options, and then click the Security tab.
  2. Click Settings.

 Note   If you have a Digital ID, the settings to use the Digital ID are automatically configured for you. If you want to use a different Digital ID, specify the Digital ID by following the remaining steps in this procedure.

  1. At the bottom of the Security Settings Preferences section, click New.
  2. In the Security Settings Name box, enter a name.
  3. In the Cryptographic format list, click S/MIME. Depending on your certificate type, you may choose Exchange server security instead.
  4. Next to the Signing Certificate box, click Choose, and then select a certificate that is valid for digital signing.

 Note   To learn if the certificate is intended for digital signing and encryption, on the Select Certificate dialog box, click View Certificate. An appropriate certificate for cryptographic messaging (such as digital signing) might say, for example, "Protects e-mail messages."

  1. Next to the Encryption Certificate box, click Choose, and then select a certificate that is valid for encryption.
  2. Select the Send these certificates with signed messages check box unless you will be sending and receiving signed messages only within your organization.

 Note   The settings you choose become the default whenever you send cryptographic messages. If you do not want these settings to be used by default for all your messages, clear the Default security setting for all cryptographic messages check box.

  1. Add a recipient's certificate to your contact list.

ShowHow?

  1. Open a message that has been digitally signed.
  2. Right-click the name in the From box, and then click Add to Outlook Contacts on the shortcut menu.
  3. If you already have an entry for this person, in the Duplicate Contact Detected dialog box, select Update new information from this contact to the existing one.

The certificate is now stored with your contact entry for this recipient. You can now send encrypted e-mail messages to this person.

To view the certificate for a contact, double-click the person's name, and then click the Certificates tab.

ShowGet a Digital ID for sending messages using Microsoft Exchange Server

This feature requires you to be using a Microsoft Exchange Server 2000 or earlier e-mail account.

To get an Exchange Digital ID — for example, through Key Management Service — your Exchange administrator must have security running on the server and must give you a special password, called a token. Your Exchange server will send you a message verifying your token. For more information, see your Exchange server administrator.

  1. On the Tools menu, click Options, and then click the Security tab.
  2. Click Get a Digital ID.
  3. Click Set up security for me on the Exchange Server.
  4. Click OK.
  5. In the Digital ID name box, type your name.
  6. In the Token box, type the keyword your Exchange server administrator assigned to you.
  7. In the Microsoft Outlook Security Password dialog box, type a password for the Digital ID, and then type the password again in the Confirm box.

You will receive a message in the Inbox from your Exchange server administrator that will require you to enter the password you created in this step.

  1. In the dialog box that appears, click the Remember password for check box, and then enter the number of minutes you want Microsoft Outlook to remember your password for.
  2. In the Root Certificate Store message that appears, click Yes.
 
 
Applies to:
Outlook 2003