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[liberationtech] the 14th reason not to start using PGP is out!

Micah Lee micah at
Thu Nov 21 12:27:03 PST 2013

On 11/20/2013 07:30 PM, carlo von lynX wrote:
>    These days mail tools are too complicated. Here come enigmail
>    that is in charge of encrypting mails before they leave Thunderbird.
>    But wait, didn't Thunderbird just store a draft? Yes, and since I
>    happen to have IMAP configured it stored the draft to my server. Did it
>    bother that I had checked the flag that I intend to encrypt the mail?
>    No, the draft is on the server in the clear.

I haven't  been following this thread, but I just wanted to point out
that this isn't true. Enigmail encrypts drafts before saving the
messages to the server over IMAP.

You just need to make sure you toggle encryption to be on before the
draft of the email gets auto-saved. Try it. Go start writing a new
email, toggle encryption, and save a draft. Then go look in your draft
folder and press Ctrl-U to view the source. The draft is PGP-encrypted.

Enigmail's about:config pref for saving encrypted drafts is

Micah Lee

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