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10.6: Sign and encrypt emails in Mail via thawte
Authored by: pepi on Oct 02, '09 08:16:58AM

You can forget about Thawte and Verisign ertificates in an instant!

Thawte has announced that they will discontinue the free email certificate program on November 16th 2009. ALL existing Thawte certificates will be revoked at that day and cannot be used to sign or encrypt new emails from that day on.

No new certificates will be issued by Thawte anymore!

Sadly I know of no real equivalent to thawte where users might turn to at the moment. Suggestions for alternative CAs are welcome.
Best regards
Pepi



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10.6: Sign and encrypt emails in Mail via thawte
Authored by: QJB on Oct 02, '09 08:25:50AM
10.6: Sign and encrypt emails in Mail via thawte
Authored by: vykor on Oct 02, '09 08:27:39AM
Pretty sure Comodo still offers free personal email certs. Dunno how long that's gonna last, though.

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10.6: Sign and encrypt emails in Mail via thawte
Authored by: dpouliot on Oct 02, '09 09:12:47AM

Can't you just use the Certificate Assistant within Keychain's app menu?



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10.6: Sign and encrypt emails in Mail via thawte
Authored by: Frig on Oct 02, '09 02:14:14PM

No, because this certificate wouldn't be trusted by another Software. If you're using a thawte certificate or another official certificate authority, this certificates will be trusted.



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10.6: Sign and encrypt emails in Mail via thawte
Authored by: dak180 on Oct 02, '09 10:35:53AM
You could try CAcert.

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10.6: Sign and encrypt emails in Mail via thawte
Authored by: Frig on Oct 02, '09 02:22:42PM
Because of you're hint i was searching for a new certificate authority for S/MIME. I'm using startssl.com free server certificates for some days now, because Internet Explorer now also supports free certificates from startssl.com.
At startssl.com you could also request free email certificates. I'll tried this out and it seems to work fine.
The only problem I've found, is that you can't use this site with Safari, because there's a bug in WebKit and Safari won't show the correct drop downs. So you have to use another browser, like firefox, and import the certificates to your keychain. After that email signing and encrypting works just fine!

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10.6: Sign and encrypt emails in Mail via thawte
Authored by: azchipka on Oct 02, '09 03:00:17PM

Pepi,

Wow wish Thawte was being more public about the killing of there Personal Email certs I have been using them for ever and just heard about it through this forum. I cant believe they arnt even making an effort to contact customers.

At least there providing those of us with certs replacement verisign cert free of charge for a year.



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