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Re: public key

On Sat, Mar 28, 2009 at 01:06:22PM +0530, Sudev Barar wrote:
> 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.

Cool, thanks, is working now although I use mutt, but might use
thunderbird as well... (for when I use x)

> >
> > 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.

Thanks for the explanation 


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