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The following steps are needed for encrypted email:

  • Install enigmail in thunderbird.
  • Tutorial on how to generate keys. System interface is crap. Help is not much better.
  • Establish a mechanism for key exchange. Possibly just by using public key servers offered in enigmail.
  • Signing of each other's keys to establish web of trust.
  • By default Thunderbird doesn't show the menu bar. To make managing encryption easier, ensure that menu bar is visible.

Open Questions

  • Default is to always trust keys. Is this desirable for eastablishing a web of trust?
  • Is a screencast for setting this up a good idea? Could be useful for other members of GLLUG who don't always come to meetings, as well as people outside the group. Possibly good evangelism.