encrypting to different email address

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08 Dec, 2011 10:21 PM

This post is about GPGMail and not Enigmail.

I've seen many posts that to encrypt an email to a recipient at an email address that email address must be a uid within that recipient's public key. But suppose a person changes their email address without updating their key. Enigmail, for example, allows me to encrypt mail to that person by choosing the public key from a list.

This makes a lot of sense since people can have many email addresses and not all of them in their key. This would be kind of analogous to just giving a file encrypted to a person on a flash drive. He can still decrypt it without having received it at one of the addresses in his key.

Can this be done with GPGMail? This is a bit of a stumbling block for me since many of my contacts have changed email address without updating their keys. And I can't just slap them around to update their keys since some of them could slap back very hard. :-)

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Luke Le on 09 Dec, 2011 12:12 AM

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    That is in fact an issue that we will address in one of
    the next releases.
    We'll have to think of a very intuitive way because we really
    focus on simplicity with GPGMail 2.0.

  2. 2 Posted by gpgtools on 09 Dec, 2011 12:16 AM

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    Thanks Luke. I look forward to it.

    Thanks for all your efforts.

  3. 3 Posted by branto on 13 Dec, 2011 06:53 PM

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    Agreed. I have keys with only emails listed under the name field in the uid, and can't send via gpgmail

  4. 4 Posted by Alex on 14 Dec, 2011 03:35 PM

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  5. Alex closed this discussion on 14 Dec, 2011 03:35 PM.

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