E-Mail ID Gold with option organisation entry

E-Mail ID Gold with option organisation entry

Sign, encrypt and authenticate

Using the E-Mail ID Gold certificate, you can sign and encrypt your e-mails in a trusted manner with all popular e-mail programs and mail gateways. You can also use it for authentication (login) purposes. The software-based certificate contains the validated e-mail address, the verified data of the applicant and, in the case of the option with an organisation entry, the checked organisation data.

Would you like to obtain several certificates in a simple and flexible manner? The SwissSign Managed PKI service pays off from just 10 E-Mail ID Gold certificates. 


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  • VISA
  • PostFinance
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Product details

  • Verification of identity: E-mail address and name or pseudonym of the applicant.
  • Term of one, two or three years
  • Entry of organisation (e.g. company) is possible.
  • Software-based, i.e. certificate file
  • An unlimited number of copies can be used on laptops, PCs and mobile devices.
  • Managed PKI: Yes
  • Telephone and e-mail support in German, English and French
  • The certificate is issued two days following receipt of all submitted documentation.


Technical details

  • Recognised Root CA
  • SHA-2 hash algorithm
  • Encryption of up to 256 bits
  • Key length of up to 2,048 bits
  • Key use: Digital signature, non-repudiation, key encipherment, key agreement, secure e-mail
  • Distribution: All common browsers and platforms. See Compatibility
  • License can be used on an unlimited number of computers and mobile devices.
  • Validation with OCSP and CRL
  • User account for certificate management
  • Revocation service for the revoking of certificates
  • Notification 30 days and 10 days prior to expiry of validity
  • Support of directory services (LDAP) for mutual key exchange under the search field at www.swisssign.net or under directory.swisssign.net with the search basis ‹o=SwissSign,c=CH›
  • EBCA conform
  • Applicant-specific entries in the certificate:
    • CN=common name: First name, last name or pseudonym (mandatory)
    • Pseudonym is defined with the prefix ‹pseudo›: and can, for example, be used for general mailbox accounts (e.g. sales). The applicant is responsible for this pseudonym and must identify himself accordingly.
    • C=country (mandatory)
    • E=e-mail address (mandatory)
    • ST=canton, federal state (optional)
    • O=organisation (mandatory for organisation entry): Please select option "with organisation entry".
    • OU=organisational unit (optional for organisation entry): Please select option "with organisation entry".
    • Period of validity
    • SAN (SubjectAlternativeName) entry contains the e-mail address.
    • Further applicant-specific entries are not permitted and are removed from a CSR.


  • All binding guidelines for this certificate type are stipulated in the relevant Certificate Policy and Certification Practice Statement (CP/CPS): SwissSign Gold CP/CPS

Secure e-mail communication with SwissSign e-mail certificates

An e-mail in the digital world is like a postcard in the physical world. It can be intercepted, read and modified, while the sender details can also be changed. With e-mail certificates, you ensure that

  • the identity of the sender is confirmed,
  • the integrity (authenticity) of the message is guaranteed and
  • access by third parties is prevented.

 And all this with minimal effort.

E-Mail ID Gold

An E-Mail ID Gold certificate is subjected to a more stringent check: A copy of an identification document with a written request must be provided. The probability of fraud is lower with a Gold certificate than is the case with a Silver certificate. The Gold quality level is especially recommended when it comes to confidential e-mail communication with customers and business partners. Phishing e-mails are bad for your business and need to be avoided.

An E-Mail ID Gold certificate with the organisation entry option also identifies the individual as a member of an organisation. For companies, it makes sense to exclusively use this variant. With such a certificate, the existence and business activity of the company is checked. The company in turn confirms that the person in question works for it and can revoke the certificate at any time if the individual leaves the company.

Do you also require the e-mail certificate in order to ensure a secure login procedure for your systems (authentication)? If so, you definitely require a e-mail ID Gold certificate, as the Silver certificate does not offer this function.


Signing of documents

With all certificates, it is technically possible to sign PDF documents. However, Adobe only lists hardware-based certificates in its certificate store as trusted certificates. For this reason, it is recommended to use the hardware-based Suisse ID (personal certificate) or the SwissSign organisation certificate for the signing of PDF documents.

Office documents – Word, Excel, etc. – can generally be signed with Silver and Gold certificates, however.


E-Mail certificates for companies

Should you use e-mail certificates throughout your company, we recommend our Managed PKI certificate service. Here, no individual check of the person and e-mail address is performed. Instead, the company is subjected to a one-time check and is then able to issue certificates for one or more requested e-mail domains and organisations. Furthermore, numerous partner applications are linked to SwissSign via automated interfaces, meaning that the issuing and extension of certificates take place on a fully automated basis without additional administrative work.


Please submit the following documents by post

  • Original copy of the signed application form. You will receive the application form automatically via e-mail after redeeming the license at swisssign.net.
  • Copies (front and reverse) of a passport or identity card (Switzerland, Liechtenstein or EU) belonging to the applicant
  • For E-Mail ID Gold with an organisation entry, we also require:
    • For public institutions: Excerpt from the Federal State Calendar or other proof of the organisation's existence on request
    • Copies (front and reverse) of a passport or identity card (Switzerland, Liechtenstein or EU) belonging to the authorised signatory(ies) and/or co-signatory(ies) in accordance with the commercial register / Federal State Calendar.
  • If you would like to apply for multiple Gold Certificates, please use the power of attorney from your organization or your domain owner: Subscriber agreement (PDF, 168 KB)

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