This is an update to an earlier post I did about the paperless office. It took a while, but I finally got the information from Verisign about their Digital ID’s for e-mail. And this is the page that you’ll go to in order to buy one.
It will work in Outlook, Outlook Express, Thunderbird, or even Safari. That’s good, since they cover the major e-mail clients as well as one web browser. You can purchase the certificate using Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari.
When you click the Buy Now button, you’ll be presented with a screen asking for your First and Last names, and a challenge phrase. Below that, you see that you have the option of purchasing the full Class I Digital Certificate, or doing a 60-day Trial certificate. You’re prompted for your billing information and the type of security that you want to use.
The cost is $19.95/year, which isn’t a bad price for digital security. So, since the cost to the user isn’t very high, it’s time to push the companies that we do business with to implement their end of the pipe. Push them to implement a system, where if you have a digital signature on file with them, they will send your statements and other important information directly through e-mail to you.
I’m trying out the signature for 60-days to see how it works. As of right now, I’m not sure that I’ll purchase it—only because I don’t know how often I would need to use it. That, and the fact that I have multiple e-mail addresses, so I have to decide whether I want to spend the money on certificates for each one or do some more organizing in how I deal with my e-mail.
An early suggestion that I will give to people with multiple e-mail addresses is this. Pick one e-mail address and use it for all of your business and financial dealings. This should be the single e-mail address that you use for all online bill paying, and your banks or other financial dealings. That way, you only “need” to purchase one certificate—others are optional.
Have a great day.:)