new user anxiety

david at david at
Mon Apr 23 16:33:05 CEST 2012

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On 16/04/12 22:47, Michael Talbot-Wilson wrote:
> On Mon, 16 Apr 2012, Robert J. Hansen wrote:
>> On 4/16/2012 12:12 AM, Michael Talbot-Wilson wrote:
>>> Found nothing in the FAQ on this.
>> First, it's an entirely expected thing.  It's not a problem, it's just a
>> thing.
> Thanks.  And thanks to everyone who responded.  I think I found the
> answer overnight in Lucas's book, the section "Email from Beyond Your
> Web of Trust" (p. 120).  I guess I need to _have_ some such web.
> Thanks again.
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Hello Michael,

Firstly, ALL keys are untrustworthy - even if signed by some one else - it's not till you
have met the person - verified it's them - and checked a copy of their public key - which
they show you as a print out. If you then decide to have a level of confidence (trust) in
that person being who they say they are - and the key belongs to them then you can set some
level of trust.

The web  of trust is not something you can pick up. Rather the web of trust is a group of
people that have seen each other's public keys and thus signed them. So your mates and your
sister all use pgp - they each agree to sign each's key - then you have a web of trust.

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