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Re: PGP Signatures

On Mon, 27 Jan 2003 11:06:27 -0500
Seneca <seneca-cunningham@rogers.com> wrote:

| On Mon, Jan 27, 2003 at 02:51:39PM +0000, debian parisc wrote:
| > forgive me for my ignorance, but I see a lot of emails on this list with 
| > PGP signatures. Exactly what purpose does it serve having PGP as part of 
| > your signature? They just look like a string of characters that could have 
| > been made up to me.
| > 
| > It maybe because I receive most of the emails from this list in windows95 
| > (I'm at work), that they have no significance.
| The signatures are a way of verifying the sender and content of an
| email.  The sender of a message has two keys, a private key, and a
| public key.  The sender signs the message with the private key, and the
| signature can be verified with the sender's public key.  If the contents
| of the message are changed, the signature does not match the message.
| -- 
| Seneca
| seneca-cunningham@rogers.com
But the senders public key must be retrieved from a key-server and added 
to your own key-list before an automated check is possible.
like this:
Signature made lun 27 jan 2003 17:06:27 CET
Good signature from "Seneca Cunningham <seneca-cunningham@rogers.com>"
Computers are like air conditioners, they are useless when you open

Attachment: 00000001.mimetmp
Description: PGP signature

Attachment: pgplX2avKboWl.pgp
Description: PGP signature

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