How To Import S/MIME Recipients Into Outlook 2011

S/MIME encryption requires that you have both your digital keys (private key and certificate) and the public key certificate of the person you are communicating with.

Note that if your intended recipient is a Faculty or Staff member on any UM-System campus, you should only need to do this step if you want to send email to these contacts using an Android or iOS device.

In order to facilitate this, you will need to store the public certificates of the people you will be communicating using encryption.

Follow these steps to store this information in Outlook:

Have the person you are working with, send you an email which has been signed with their public key.

Right-click on the sender's name in the email message, and select 'Add to Outlook Contacts'

Click Save & Close .

If you already have this contact in Outlook, you will be prompted to confirm that you want to update the contact, click Update to continue.

Once saved, you can now send encrypted email to this contact, and Outlook should automatically pull the certificate information from the contact item.