How do I use Thunderbird's inbuilt encryption?
May 1, 2005 7:45 AM Subscribe
So I've gone to www.thawte.com/email and got myself a Freemail certificate and imported it into Thunderbird, and my friend is about to do the same thing, and we want to exchange encrypted mails. What do we actually DO with our shiny new certificates?
posted by flabdablet to computers & internet (11 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
When I ask our Google overlords about Thunderbird and mail encryption, everybody wants to tell me about installing WinPT and using Enigmail and GPG. But Thunderbird apparently has native encryption based on certificates, and having gone to the trouble of spending half an hour extracting one from Thawte I'd kind of like to use it.
When I try to encrypt a mail to my friend, Thunderbird apparently wants HIS certificate. Which is fair enough, I guess, if certificates contain public keys.
So: where are the private keys kept? Can I freely hand my new certificate around to all my friends and have them install it in their Thunderbirds? If not, how do I actually go about giving out my public key? Where IS the M I'm supposed to be RTFing?