Very Confusing was Re: Get version of PGP
J. Wren Hunt
wren at hunt.org
Sun Nov 28 17:10:55 CET 2004
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| Sunday, Nov. 28, 2004
| Ladies and Gentlemen,
| This all very confusing to me and I would appreciate someone
| explaining where to begin. I use Mozilla's Thunderbird and
| suppose that Enigimail is what I need? A version is installed which has
| done nothing but subtract from my available disk
| space (some sort of complaint about my lack of certificate and would I
| like to learn how(?) now, which does not do a thing after I
| select yes). This shouldn't be difficult, however all the discussion
| concerning PGP, Gnupg, enigimail, along with the technical
| aspects of PGP have left me in the dust. I suppose I should mention
| that my computer is a windows XP (Pro).
| Someones guidance and patience would be most appreciated.
Sounds like you might be confusing digital certificates with PGP. They
are two very different beasts and while each may be used to sign and/or
encrypt they go about it differently.
Thunderbird has no native support for PGP. But popping in Enigmail makes
it very easy so you shouldn't have too hard a time googling for info.
Thunderbird uses the Certificate Manager to handle X.509 digital
certificates and can handle them with no other extensions required. If
you want to test drive these, check out Thawte (http://www.thawte.com),
or CAcert (http://www.cacert.org), both of which issue free email client
certificates via a method very similar to PGP's web-of-trust.
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