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Re: public key

2009/3/28 Daniel Dalton <d.dalton@iinet.net.au>:
> How do I set up public key on linux? And then how do I sign files and
> emails? I have read up on this, so understand the basics I think, but
> just wondering what tools I use for: decrypting files, encrypting files,
> signing files and actually generating my key?

Create a key. If you are using thundebird (as your mail in other
thread implies) make sure you have installed enigmail package. If it
has been installed you will see additional menu when you launch
thunderbird which can hel you all this.

> What is the difference between signing and encrypting?

Encryption of outgoing document is done by recipients public key so
that he can de-crypt. Signing is done by your key where the message is
not neccessarily encrypted. This generates a hash which can be used by
recipient to verify your message has not been tampered with using your
public key.

Sudev Barar
Read http://blog.sudev.in for topics ranging from here to there.

PS: I know most of people do not follow email niceties (mostly they
are not aware) but if you follow bottom post/in-line post style of
email conversations it becomes a whole lot easier to carry on
meaningful dialogue and you can snip out what is not meaningful too.
Most people just hit reply button and top post leaving prior message
appended uselessly at bottom. See if you can adopt this style and
persuade others. In case you are already doing this ..... great,
spread the message.

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