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Getting a Digital ID
companies offer systems for confirming identity and ensuring message
security using fingerprint readers, eye scanners, and even gizmos that can
recognize your face. Although many such systems can hook right into Outlook
to make short work of message security, most of them cost quite a bit more
than the average person needs to spend.
Getting a Digital ID
You probably receive messages every day from people you’ve never met.
And I’ll bet you don’t spend much time wondering whether the messages
you receive actually come from the people they seem to be — but you might
need to think about that from time to time. After all, sneaky hackers can send
e-mail messages that appear to come from someone else. So how can you tell
whether the message actually came from the person who appears to have
sent it? Of course, if you know the senders personally, you can call to verify
that what you got is what they sent.
A quicker, high-tech approach — a digital signature is a tiny piece of secret
code mixed in with your message to prove three things:
That the message really comes from the person who seems to have
sent it.
That the person who seems to have sent the message really is the
person he claims to be.
That the person who sent the message sent it intentionally. It’s like
putting your signature on a check; it shows that you really mean to send a
specific message.
If you want to take advantage of Outlook’s security features, the first step to
take is to get yourself a Digital ID.
If you work in a large organization, your employer may have gotten that for
you — and your local computer gurus may have installed all the software —
in which case, you can skip these steps.
If you want to get a Digital ID for your own use, you can get one from a
company that issues and maintains Digital ID services by following these steps:
1. Click the File tab in the Ribbon.
The Backstage view appears.
2. Click the word Options.
The Outlook Options screen appears.
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