E-Mail ID Silver

Personal ID Silver

Encrypt and sign in an inexpensive manner

Using the E-Mail ID Silver certificate, you can sign and encrypt your e-mails in a trusted manner with all popular e-mail programs and mail gateways. The software-based certificate contains the validated e-mail address and is issued within a matter of seconds or minutes.

Would you like to obtain several certificates in a simple and flexible manner? The SwissSign Managed PKI service pays off from just 20 E-Mail ID Silver certificates. 


  • mastercard
  • VISA
  • PostFinance
  • Rechnung

Product details

  • Verification of identity: E-mail address, no verification of the organisation or the applicant.
  • Term of one, two or three years
  • 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 within a matter of seconds or minutes following the application and after the electronic validation process via the e-mail address.
  • Not generally usable for Adobe PDF signature. Only usable for internal purposes if Adobe is configured to use the Microsoft Certificate store.


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, Key Encipherment, Data Encipherment, 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: e-mail address (mandatory)
    • 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 Silver 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 Silver

In the case of a e-mail ID Silver certificate, it is only validated via an automated e-mail whether the email-address in question actually exists. The certificate is therefore available within a matter of seconds or minutes of the order being placed. For those looking for an efficient way of signing and encrypting a certificate, a e-mail ID Silver certificate suffices.


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 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.


Validation is performed electronically

  • Simple electronic validation process via an e-mail sent to the desired address



  • The mail account for the verification should already be available.

Write Your Own Review

Only registered users can write reviews. Please, log in or register