add option to always attach public key(s)

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13 Oct, 2015 10:16 PM

Didn't found a feature for this in GPGMail 2.5.2.

There should be an option to always attach the own public key as a file-attachment when writing an email. There are privacy reasons not to publish the public key via the PGP keyservers. Uploading the key at some sharehoster also might be not what someone wants. And not everyone has an own website where he/she can upload the public key.

So an option to always, automatically add the public key to each email would be ideal to solve this!

Additionally, when writing an encrypted email to multiple receivers, GPGMail could automatically attach all the receivers public keys. So everyone directly has everybody's else public key for continuing the encrypted group conversation.

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Steve on 21 Oct, 2015 08:28 PM

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    Hi Kolaflash,

    interesting question. Not wanting to use key servers is totally legit. A sharehoster is an ok solution: Including a link in the standard signature would be a wrokaround for now. The public key isn't something that is super secret. It contains your email address which is known already anyhow.

    Another workaround would be to add a stripped version of your key to your standard signature in text form. That way, importing is as easy as with an attached file.

    What's visually more appealing? An attached file in every mail or a text snippet? I personally don't have a strong opinion on that.

    We already have a feature request to add the public key of a user to every new mail being sent and I've added your comments and vote to it. The number of votes is one factor that helps us to determine what feature to add next.

    Thanks for your input on this!

  2. Steve closed this discussion on 10 Feb, 2016 02:05 PM.

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