Sending sensitive information over email?
August 31, 2007 12:59 PM Subscribe
Is there any simple way to encrypt the information in a web form and deliver it via email?
posted by Plug Dub In to computers & internet (16 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm working on a project for a client requiring that credit card information be delivered over email. They will then process it in line with orders taken by mail and by phone.
I know very little about email security, but I do know it's probably a bad idea to send it in plain text.
My thought is to send the form information to a PHP script that creates either an encrypted PDF or an encrypted zip archive containing a plain text file and emails it to my client. But when the info moved from the form to the PHP script, it's out there for everyone to see, right? Would loading the PHP script in an iframe help? Is this something that needs to be done over https? Encrypted email? How hard would it be for a rather tech-unsavvy person to set that up?
I'm really just lookin' for ideas at this point. Thanks!