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Re: [opensuse] Sick of this...
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On 2012-07-08 18:34, James Knott wrote:
Hans Witvliet wrote:
In Canada, e-mail with a digital signature is considered to be a
legally
signed document. As for bills, if it's something that occurs
regularly, then you expect it and you've likely agreed to keep
your account up to date. Also, it's very easy to access the web
sites to check your account etc.
All very well, but why should other list member be confronted with
sigs? Not relevant to put it mildly.
????

The signatures I was referring to are X.509 digital certificates,
which can be used to encrypt and sign email.

Ah! Now I understand his post.

The certificates are issued by or traceable to some certificate
authority such as Verisign. You wouldn't normally use them with a
mail list. Even if you did, it's not something that appears in the
message. If you receive a signed message, you'd see an icon, at the
bottom of your email app, that indicates it is a signed message. I
have signed this messageĀ¹, so you can see what it looks like. Having
received my public certificate, you are now able to send me an
encrypted email

1. Assuming it makes it through the mail list.

It did, although Thunderbird doesn't show it prominently. There is no key
icon at the bottom, but a closed envelop with a sealing wax (spot?) at
the top. PGP signed posts get a green bar the width of the email window.

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Cheers / Saludos,

Carlos E. R.
(from 11.4 x86_64 "Celadon" at Telcontar)


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