Help understanding gnupg needed!

Thorsten Haude linux at
Mon Apr 17 22:19:25 CEST 2006


* Julia Dashkevich wrote (2006-04-17 10:25):
>Having gone through the setup and key generation, it
>was necessary to make my public key available on the
>web keyserver. Is it true that if i publish it there
>my email address (which comes in the user id) may
>become a target for spammers?

Yes, a far as I know. Anyway, damage done, you can't delete the key
AFAIK. I hear that Thunderbird's spam filters are very good, so you
shouldn't have too much trouble.

>Is it possible to show an existing webmail address in the user id
>which is not the email address i am going to use with encryption

This could be awkward for your email partners. For example, my mail
program automatically looks for the key based on the email address.

>Moreover, will i only be able to send encrypted mail
>to other gnupg users, or does it matter if the
>recepient has encryption software of the kind?

Only to GnuPG and most PGP users.

>ANy imput will be welcome - please respond, i need
>this info in order to make a decision whether to
>proceed with using this software or quit.

Well, I hope you proceed anyway. It's IMHO currently overall the best
solution by far.

You're not supposed to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face
reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or who says it.
    - Malcolm X
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