Encouraging email security.
Sun May 18 21:00:02 2003
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> > There is such a client, in the form of Mozilla Mail with Enigmail,
> > which has been set up to make it easy for those unused to GPG to use
> > it, but you can alter the defaults to make email handling more
> > powerful. However, it does require GPG to be installed on your system
> > and it is NOT a GUI front end for key management.
I'll take a closer look at Enigmail.
I can try to encourage my friends to use it.
It seems that there are some ways in which Enigmail could be improved:
- It could have a front-end for key creation.
- It could come with GPG, like Malte Gell suggested.
- It could provide a mechanism to import/export keys.
For instance, when it gets a signed email it could prompt the user
to download the public key from a keyserver.
How does this sound?
Malte Gell wrote:
> The last sentence is absolutely true. But Daniel's approach has=20
> something promising I think. Imagine, most popular email clients would=20
> come up with a notice "Dear, XXX you have not yet created a private key=
> for secure email communication. It is strongly recommended..." if=20
> started first !
> Maybe this could be a way to encourage email encryption.
Exactly. If the mail client:
- Encourages the user to create a key.
- Automatically signs messages.
- Automatically downloads a key when it gets a signed message.
There will be a natural push towards email encryption.
> A normal Windows user never gets in contact or cares about encryption, I=
> think some education is needed.
On this note, what can we do about hotmail users?
AFAIK hotmail doesn't offer POP3 or IMAP. Suppose, for the sake of=20
argument, that a hotmail user becomes interested in using GPG. Is there=20
any way for the he or she to start using GPG with their hotmail address?
I guess that they could send GPG attachments, but that's a highly=20
In general. Is there a way for a user with web-based email to start using=
It just happens that I know a medium-sized group of people who have a=20
non-trivial motivation to use encrypted communication. For some of them I=
can suggest Enigmail. But many of them use web-based email systems. What=
can I do about them?
Daniel Carrera | OpenPGP fingerprint:
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