10 Replies Latest reply: Sep 14, 2009 9:37 PM by Poxnor
Antti Haukipuro Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Why there is not S/MIME support for iPhone?
It's very important feature for business user.

Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.6), MacBook Pro
  • Macgaspode Level 1 Level 1 (140 points)
    Not only for business users. Anybody should be able to decrypt mails.

    But keep in mind that BlackBerrys support this feature also only for some month.

    You should make a feature request at apple.com
  • iphone123 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I just visited http://www.apple.com/iphone/enterprise/ and there it said the iPhone was the "best email on a mobile device". How can that be if email can't be encrypted in transit? what good is retrieving email wirelessly if it can't be secured in transit?
  • kroyster Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    {quote:title=iphone123 wrote:}what good is retrieving email wirelessly if it can't be secured in transit?{quote}
    Just to clarify, sending/receiving email over SSL (which is supported) will secure it in transit. But once downloaded, yes, without s/mime encryption your email is not secure if you lose your iphone. So s/mime support is an important feature that I too would love to see added.
  • Fristle Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    I would also like to see this added. My company is currently weighing the choice of which smartphone to get for all of the employees, and lack of S/MIME support on the iPhone is a huge strike against it in the consideration. We might have to go with a Windows Mobile device for this reason alone. Which would be unfortunate.
  • Irix Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Yes, come on Apple iPhone developers, it's not that difficult you you MIT engineers. Please add it to OS 3.0. I'm sure it's just a couple of clics for you.

    All we will thank you for that.

    Cheers
  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (169,815 points)
  • nicolasfr Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Is there any update for SMIME support on iphone? Will it be supported in OS 3.1 ?
  • forand Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    I have not heard anything but I am hoping.
  • paradeiser Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    i second that.

    please apple, this is essential.
  • Poxnor Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    kroyster wrote:
    Just to clarify, sending/receiving email over SSL (which is supported) will secure it in transit ...


    No, it will not. Using SSL to connect to your SMTP server to transmit e-mail will provide the following security: (a) your username and password for your SMTP server, sent from your iPhone to your SMTP server, will be encrypted; and (b) your e-mail will be encrypted between your iPhone and your SMTP server. However, once the e-mail you are sending is past your SMTP server and on the way to its intended recipient, it is in the clear.

    A similar story applies for using SSL to connect to your IMAP (or POP) server to retrieve your e-mail. SSL will protect: (a) your username and password for your IMAP server; and (b) the e-mail you are receiving, from your IMAP server to your iPhone.

    End-to-end encrypted e-mail is something entirely different. That is, if you want e-mail encrypted all the way from your iPhone to the recipient's computer/iPhone/etc.; or, if you want e-mail encrypted all the way from the sender's computer/iPhone/etc. to your iPhone, you need a different solution. PGP or S/MIME encryption of e-mail would be necessary.