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Send and receive ecrypted e-mail through Gmail
Authored by: rgould on Apr 27, '05 05:10:03PM

if you dont want to suffer through thawte you can use comodo:
https://secure.comodo.net/products/frontpage?area=SecureEmailCertificate

i use both, and they both work.

sadly, to generate a comodo cert you need to use internet exploder for windows.

personally, i think that GnuPG is entirely way too complicated to setup and use by anyone other than a serious nerd/fiddler/etc.

the Gmail S/MIME Firefox plugin works like a champ, despite its limitations (you can only send encrypted email to one user at a time).

but i cant help but wonder what the point is when the account can be setup to be used properly with a POP3 email reader. Mail.app and Thunderbird do a much better job of managing certificates. exporting the public keys to Firefox for people is.. inconvenient at best.



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Send and receive ecrypted e-mail through Gmail
Authored by: juice on Apr 27, '05 08:24:58PM

If you don't like giving your personal details out to a certificate authority you
can set yourself up as a CA and sign your own certificates. The only problem is you'll need your email recipients to trust you as a CA (using the Firefox certificate manager). There are a number of pages around on doing this under OS X. Tiger has a new handy UI to setup these types of certificates.

In terms of ease of importing others certificates, like most S/MIME clients, the extension should automatically import public keys from S/MIME signatures it receives so the easiest thing to do is to get the person you want to send an encrypted mail to send a signed message to you first (if you're really paranoid you'll get the public key off them via a more secure channel to avoid man-in-the-middle type problems).



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