What is the benefit of signing an encrypted email

Martin Gollowitzer gollo at fsfe.org
Tue Jan 11 12:11:35 CET 2011


* jimbob palmer <jimbobpalmer at gmail.com> [110111 12:05]:
> 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?

A digital signature is useful so the sender can check if that message
was really sent by you. If it's only encrypted, there is no proof for
that since everyone who knows the recipient's public key can encrypt
messages for this particular person.

All the best, 

The early worm is for the birds.
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