What is the benefit of signing an encrypted email

David Smith Dave.Smith at st.com
Tue Jan 11 12:09:30 CET 2011

jimbob palmer wrote:
> In Firefox I can sign or encrypt or encrypt+sign an e-mail.
> In what case would I want my encrypted emails also signed? Does it
> provide any additional benefit over a pure encrypted email?

Signing and encrypting serve different purposes.

Encrypting a mail ensures that only the intended recipient(s) can read it.

Signing a mail allows the recipient(s) to check that it really was you
that sent it, and not someone else masquerading as you.

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