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Old 10-05-2003, 11:41 PM   #1
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Question encrypting emails


Hi all,

before i start reading about encrypting emails,I thought you guys here could help me which method i should use.SSL or PGP or any other?

I'm newbie and needs encrypting emails the easiest and most secure way.
Easy way because I"m newbie and people I'd like to send encrypted emails are even newbiest then me.Btw, they are using Microsoft Windows,not a Linux.
So i need it easy for both side.

Sorry for my english .)

 
Old 10-06-2003, 12:02 AM   #2
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before i start reading about encrypting emails,I thought you guys here could help me which method i should use.SSL or PGP or any other?
please by all means read first
then if you don't understand
ask a question

ssl and pgp are totally different
 
Old 10-06-2003, 12:18 AM   #3
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ok

so my question is still same.

Which is easiest way to encrypt email under Mandrake 9.1 and un-encrypt it on Microsoft box.

Both sides are newbies.

Thanks for reply,

 
Old 10-06-2003, 01:29 AM   #4
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I'd say PGP. You should have GPG already, which is like PGP that you find on Windows. When I encode something, the WIndows people can decode it. I'd bet you can do the same with SSL, they mention in several howtos that you can encode email, but I find the whole SSL bit more differicult to work with. Go to http://www.gnupg.org and learn about it, it can be trick with it's command line interface at first. But please, do me a favor and don't encrypt everything like some people do. I see people encoding stuff like "Hey, man, it's raining today!" Who cares!?
 
Old 10-06-2003, 02:07 AM   #5
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SSL (actually TLS when used with e-mail) is a transport-layer security and is only encryption of SMTP sessions, not the actual message. PGP (and GPG) encrypt the contents of a message and it's end-to-end encryption.

There are numerous sites which describe each in detail, but it really boils down to whether you and your friends each have your own SMTP servers. If your friends have for instance, Exchange (ripping off CDs from work, eh?) then you can setup your MTA to use TLS (Postfix and Sendmail both support this, I think Qmail and Exim do as well but I have no experience with them using TLS). The Exchange IMS connector can use TLS as well. You will need to have one of you setup a Certifying Authority to sign your certificates. Then you will need to generate a certificate for each server and sign it with your CA. Then install the certs on each server. When you send messages between each others' servers, they will be encrypted (in fact the whole session, including all the commands after STARTTLS will be encrypted).

PGP will encrypted the message on your desktop and let you send it through whatever servers you want (for instance through your ISP's mail server). The message will remain encrypted until it gets to your friend's desktop and they decrypt it with your public key.
 
Old 10-06-2003, 09:00 PM   #6
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Thumbs up thanx

thanks a lot both for reply.

I think the PGP is what I'm looking for with my poor experience.Especially at linux.

Now reading again .)

Thanx again,

Wannalearnlinux

 
Old 07-12-2004, 01:57 AM   #7
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I have been trying to figure out the same stuff. I have collected the leads I have found and put it together at:

http://lunar.ca/security.htm

Hope it helps.

Ken
 
  


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