S/MIME certificates are digital certificates that facilitate the transfer of secure email messages over the Internet. S/MIME stands for Secure/Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions and you can use this protocol to encrypt email messages and digitally sign them.
S/MIME certificates serve three major purposes. Firstly, they prevent any alteration in the message transferred from the sender to the receiver. Secondly, they verify the authenticity of the sender. Lastly, they maintain optimum privacy and data security by encrypting the messages such that there is a low chance of information leak and file theft.