CertEmail Email Notary and Timestamping service
The CertEmail Email notary service lets you Timestamp and certify your email and other documents.
CertEmail offers the worlds only Email Notary service which works
for everyone without sender or recipient needing any additional
Our Notarized email enables you to indisputably prove the sending (and
subsequent opening) time of your email. Your proof-of-sending and
proof-of-opening certificates are court admissible legal documents
which are independently verifiable, tamper/forgery resistant, and
remain effective without the need for any "trusted third party".
Here are some common uses for Notarized (Certified) Email:-
Prove in a court of law that you sent an email when you did. You get an irrefutable
receipt. Your recipient gets the email with an attached and
verifiable digital proof of posting certificate.
Proof the email you sent has not been subsequently changed, forged,
or tampered with. Your attached certificate verifies not only the
date, time, and recipient, but also the email contents and headers
as well. If anything gets changed, the certificate can be used to
Proof the email you sent was opened. Our digitally signed
proof-of-opening receipts record when Email is rendered for display
on a computer screen, including additional evidence to verify that
the email was observed by a human recipient (as opposed to being
read by a computer program alone), in an approximate physical
location using recorded email or web-browser software at a specific
point in time.
Other proof. Because Notarized Email is time-stamped and digitally
signed (tamper and forgery resistant) you can use them for all
kinds of other purposes.
You can email your thoughts to yourself if you want lasting evidence to prove you thought of an idea before someone else did.
You can email bets to your friends to establish beyond reproach that your authentic bet has not been backdated and was placed before the outcome was known.
You can hold competitions and use the earliest issued certificate to select a winner.
You can email your documents or assignments to yourself to prove later you had/created them at a specific time, and (if required) to guarantee they have not been altered since or prove that you have legal ownership.
Features of the CertEmail Email Notary Service
Worlds only long-lived verifiable secure timestamping service
Worlds only email notary service not reliant on trusted third parties
Tamperproof notarization of anything that can be put in an email
Instant integration with any legacy system
No software to download
No plugins to install
Already works with all sender and recipient email systems.
Protected by patented (US#6,006,328) components and open PKI
Distributed fault tolerant architecture provides security and reliability
Unmatched simplicity: simply address your email as normal, appending ".certified.certemail.com" to the end of all recipient email addresses
Comparison with the Surety Digital Notary® Service
|| Online Notary Service
|| Our online Email Notary service with reliable tracking, certified, self-destructing, secure, authenticated, proven, junk-mail & virus resistant email enhancements
|| Surety Digital Notary® program - software you can get (from firstname.lastname@example.org) to replace your existing email program with one capable of producing notarized records - at $1 each
|| First 25 free, 2 cents each thereafter (less in bulk)
|| $1 each, plus possible software costs (5 or more cents discount for spending $10,000 or more)
| Works with all Email Programs
|| Yes. All senders and All recipients.
|| No. Separate programs required for both parties.
| Long Lasting notary records
|| Yes. Indefinite.
|| Yes. Decades.
| Notary records published
|| Yes. Worldwide via Usenet.
|| Not stated (not useful - Proprietary Private keys).
| Notarize any documents
|| No. Email only.
|| Yes. (if relevant software is available)
| Open Source
|| Yes. OpenPGP P.K.I. techniques. Trusted by millions worldwide. Permanent records are indelible.
|| No. Proprietary system. Relies solely upon trust of Surety and their continuing to maintain 100% uncompromised system security.
|| Yes. Anyone worldwide can easily verify certificates for free.
|| Only if Surety agree. Surety staff can vouch for their own certificate authenticity (only with full customer co-operation and document disclosure to Surety). Cost unknown.
| Signature Validation
|| Yes. Anyone worldwide can easily validate certificates for free. Free, open-source email plugins available for automatic validation.
|| Yes (by sender). Not by recipient (unless custom validation software is purchased/installed).
| Easy to Use
|| Yes. Just change the recipient email address.
|| Yes. Just change the sender and recipient email programs.
| Easy to Verify
|| Yes. Numerous tools and/or the CertEmail web site are available to assist.
|| No. Not verifiable by customer.
| Easy to Validate signature
|| Yes. Free, simple, and can even be automatic in all popular email programs.
|| Yes (by sender). Recipient validation only with custom software purchase/install.
| Easy to use in Court
|| Yes. Simple instructions to print out for the day. Any knowledgeable mathematician or cryptographer can verify evidence if required (instructions included).
|| No. Sworn testimony of Surety staff (if available) must be accepted by the court.
|| Trust is not necessary. Open published techniques avoid this necessity.
|| Time will tell.
|| Yes. Free or Inexpensive verification always available locally.
|| Unstated. Potentially expensive (or unavailable) court appearances necessary.
| Proof of posting
|| Yes. Sender and Recipient
|| Unstated. Sender only (if avail)
| Proof of opening
| Multiple redundant distributed architecture
|| Yes. 3 independent sites. 3 different continents.
|| Yes. 2 sites. 1 continent.
| High Bandwidth secure datacenters, fault tolerant hardware
|| Yes. 3 sites.
|| Yes. 2 sites.
| Monitored security, daily backups, offsite storage.
|| Yes, Yes, Yes.
|| Yes, Yes, unstated.
| Email Plugins available.
|| Yes (optional) - all email clients supported.
|| Yes (mandatory) - Lotus notes only.
| Works with WebMail e.g. Hotmail Yahoo etc
|| Yes. All.
| Information Source
|| CertEmail web site, June 2002
|| Surety Web Site, June 2002
|| Above comparisons are accurate based on the available public information at time of writing.
Dennis Dourgarian (Surety Inc. CFO) and his Lawyers (Hogan & Hartson L.L.P.) dispute some of the information
contained herin, but refuse (are unable) to provide any information or references to refute our comparison.
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