E-mail encryption tool set to debut

Taceo software promises to help small businesses secure e-mail and protect against loss of trade secrets.

Joris Evers
Joris Evers Staff Writer, CNET News.com
Joris Evers covers security.

Essential Security Software plans to announce on Monday the release of Taceo, an e-mail encryption and rights-management product aimed at small businesses. Taceo lets users encrypt e-mail and restrict the recipient by blocking the ability to print, forward, take screenshots or cut information to the clipboard, Essential said in a statement. An e-mail can also be set to be unreadable until a certain date and time, or set to expire.

The Taceo client software costs $34.95 per year; a free version is available to view Taceo protected e-mail. Taceo does not require server software. Initially, the client is available only for Microsoft Outlook on Windows PCs. Versions that work with Mac OS X, Outlook Express and Hotmail are planned for the first quarter of next year. Essential plans to support Mozilla's Thunderbird e-mail client and Yahoo Mail by the third quarter next year and has a Windows Mobile version planned for 2007, the company said. Essential faces competition from PGP, Microsoft and others.