Help with GNU PGP - no password prompt when sending e-mails

Gold IsMoney goldismoney at
Sat Nov 20 16:41:48 CET 2010

Thank you for the quick reply.  You're right - I didn't realize the
thing about signing since I usually don't use it.  It makes perfect
sense though - so I know now that if I receive an encrypted e-mail from
a sender but it's only encrypted, not signed - all I know is that the
sender has access to the private key.. not necessarily the password. It
'should' be the sender, but not necessarily.
Thanks again!

On 11/20/2010 8:51 AM, Robert J. Hansen wrote:
> On 11/20/2010 8:36 AM, Gold IsMoney wrote:
>> The issue is obvious - if it doesn't ask me for my password when sending
>> e-mails, it means that anyone with access to my pc can go into
>> Thunderbird and send encrypted e-mails, using my identity.
> It seems you're confusing encryption and signing.  No passphrase is ever
> needed in order to encrypt a message to someone.  You only need a
> passphrase when signing a message, to verify that it comes from you.
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