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Secure email using PHPMailer or ???

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It looks like I may need to implement a web form that collects personal information that then needs to be emailed to the web site admin via secure email.  I'm not fully grasping all the requirements, but I assume the mail server would have to have an SSL certificate and configured properly -- as well as the email client needing to support SSL.  The web form would also need to be using SSL, but what else is necessary or do I need to be thinking about this differently? I would like to continue using PHPMailer, however I'm flexible if I can find the right solution.  Any resources you can point me to would also be appreciated.

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You don't necessary need SSL for mailtransport. Encrypt the mail-text via pgp.See e.g http:Q_22013928.html how you can use GnuPG to encrypt mail-texts
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Thanks for the help hernst42.  Just so I understand this completely... does this mean the recipient of the GnuPG email would need to have a mail client that supports decrypting the email?  If yes, does Outlook or Mail on Mac OSX have this capability? Or is the decrypting a separate application?  The email recipients would be clerical staff with minimal computer skills so making it fool-proof is the ultimate goal.

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Yes there are plugins for outlook that can decrypt pgp. You can also use openssl instead of pgp to make S/MIME encryption, where you don't need an aditional plugin for Outlook/Mac OS (don't know if outlook express has a buildin S/MIME plugin)

Sidenote: Encryping/security and fool-proof/usability are two things which are very hard to reach together, but good look with that.
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