PGP/MIME considered harmful for mobile

Aaron Toponce aaron.toponce at
Fri Feb 25 03:24:53 CET 2011

On Thu, Feb 24, 2011 at 08:22:03PM -0500, Robert J. Hansen wrote:
> On Android's mail application, PGP/MIME attachments are nigh-unusable.
> It won't render even the plaintext portions: it has to be downloaded and
> opened with a text reader.  If you're concerned about your mail being
> readable on a mobile device (which is increasingly important nowadays),
> you might want to consider switching to inline signatures.

I don't understand. I use PGP/MIME for all my signatures, and I've not
had a problem reading the mail on my Evo, nor reading others mail that
uses PGP/MIME. I do see at the top of the interface that there is a
"View Attachments" link, but the mail is still readable for me.

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