In previous section, I introduced how to send email with digital signature. In this section, I will introduce how to encrypt email with digital certificate in VB.NET.
After the recipient received your email with digital signature, the recipient can get your digital certificate public key from your digital signature. Then the recipient can encrypt an email with your public key and send it to you. Only you can decrypt this email with your private key. That is how S/MIME can protect your email content. If you don’t expose your digital certificate private key to others, none can read your email which is encrypted by your public key.
If you received an email with digital signature, your email client usually stores the public key of the sender in “Control Panel” -> “Internet Options” -> “Content” -> “Certificates” -> “Other People”.
Then you can use the following code to encrypt email and send it to your recipient.
Remarks: All of samples in this section are based on first section: Send email in a simple VB.NET project. To compile and run the following example codes successfully, please click here to learn how to create the test project and add reference of EASendMail to your project.
The following example codes demonstrate how to encrypt email with digital certificate in VB.NET.
To get the full sample projects, please refer to Samples section.
Imports EASendMail 'Add EASendMail namespace Module Module1 Sub Main() Dim oMail As New SmtpMail("TryIt") Dim oSmtp As New SmtpClient() ' Set sender email address, please change it to yours oMail.From = "email@example.com" ' Set recipient email address, please change it to yours oMail.To = "firstname.lastname@example.org" ' Set email subject oMail.Subject = "test encrypted email" ' Set email body oMail.TextBody = "this is a test email with email encryption (S/MIME)" ' Your SMTP server address Dim oServer As New SmtpServer("smtp.emailarchitect.net") ' User and password for ESMTP authentication, if your server doesn't require ' User authentication, please remove the following codes. oServer.User = "email@example.com" oServer.Password = "testpassword" ' If your SMTP server requires SSL/TLS connection, please add this line ' oServer.ConnectType = SmtpConnectType.ConnectSSLAuto Try ' Find certificate by email adddress in My Personal Store. ' Once the certificate is loaded to From, the email content ' will be signed automatically oMail.From.Certificate.FindSubject(oMail.From.Address, _ Certificate.CertificateStoreLocation.CERT_SYSTEM_STORE_CURRENT_USER, _ "My") Catch exp As Exception Console.WriteLine("No sign certificate found for <" + _ oMail.From.Address + ">:" + exp.Message) End Try Dim count As Integer = oMail.To.Count For i As Integer = 0 To count - 1 Dim oAddress As MailAddress = oMail.To(i) Try ' Find certificate by email adddress in My Other Peoples Store. ' The certificate can be also imported by *.cer file like this: ' oAddress.Certificate.Load("c:\encrypt1.cer") ' Once the certificate is loaded to MailAddress, the email content ' will be encrypted automatically oAddress.Certificate.FindSubject(oAddress.Address, _ Certificate.CertificateStoreLocation.CERT_SYSTEM_STORE_CURRENT_USER, _ "AddressBook") Catch ep As Exception Try oAddress.Certificate.FindSubject(oAddress.Address, _ Certificate.CertificateStoreLocation.CERT_SYSTEM_STORE_CURRENT_USER, _ "My") Catch exp As Exception Console.WriteLine("No encryption certificate found for <" + _ oAddress.Address + ">:" + exp.Message) End Try End Try Next Try Console.WriteLine("start to send encrypted email ...") oSmtp.SendMail(oServer, oMail) Console.WriteLine("email was sent successfully!") Catch ep As Exception Console.WriteLine("failed to send email with the following error:") Console.WriteLine(ep.Message) End Try End Sub End Module
If you received digital signed and encrypted email by Windows Mail(Outlook Express), it looks like this:
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