ProtonMail settings: Encryption keys, Import assistant and IMAP/SMTP

With ProtonMail, users count on with a secure, private and encrypted email solution that protect personal information and avoid unethical practices online. Monitoring, tracking and general surveillance practices carried out online on the internet for profit purposes undermine user´s right to be anonymous.

By using this service platform, users do not have to worry about third parties reading their messages. The platform is end-to-end encrypted and also protected at a hardware level respecting servers, all of them secured by Swiss laws.

In order to achieve such level of security and confidentiality, Proton Mail integrates different advanced options. Three of them are the encryption & keys, the important assistant and IMAP/SMTP configuration. Let´s show how you can use and manage these settings and take advantage of them as possible.

Open session and access settings in ProtonMail

Log in on ProtonMail so you can access settings. Click here to enter the platform and then click on “Log in”.  

After that, introduce your username and password so you be able to sign in and see your inbox. Click on “Sign in” and your session should be opened.

In your inbox, locate the “Settings menu” button located at the top right corner and click it. Then, click on “Go to settings” and configuration should be available for you.

In the Settings, categories appear on the left and details and options respecting selected categories and subcategories go to the right.

Encryption & keys in Proton Mail

Now that you are in the ProtonMail settings, click on the “Encryption & keys” category.

This category includes advanced security options in four subcategories. The first subcategory is Address verification, and this function enables trusted keys between ProtonMail users for more security. Click on the switch icon as below to enable this option.

The second subcategory is External PGP settings. These options allow users to activate PGP-based encryption for user´s external email accounts. Click on the switch icon to enable “Sign external messages”, “Attach public key” and “Default PGP settings”.

The third subcategory is Email encryption key. Like this, you will be able to download your PGP key to use it other compatible services. Click on “Create key” to create your PGP key.

The last subcategory is Contact encryption key. Click on “Export private key” so you download it.

Import & export in ProtonMail

Click on the Import & export category for importing and exporting task. The first subcategory is Import assistant. Click on “Start import” and you will be able to import data from other email provider to ProtonMail.

Yahoo Mail and Gmail are compatible services for importing tasks.

The last subcategory is Import & export app, Click on “Download import & export app” and get the software that allows importing and exporting messages from and to other email providers and ProtonMail.

IMAP/SMTP in ProtonMail

ProtonMail uses the IMAP and SMTP email protocols. Therefore, the platform is compatible with other desktop clients based in the same technologies, as Outlook, Thunderbird and Apple Mail. To do it, click on the “IMAP/SMTP” settings category.

Then, click on “Download” in any of the bridge software compatible with you operating system. You have them available for Windows, MacOS or Linux.

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