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Thunderbird 78 Email Encryption

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Is there a step by step process to setup secure email encryption for Thunderbird 78? I searched through the FAQs and Support areas and found generalized direction. However, when following directions to setup PGP encryption, the certificate boxes are not enabled.

1. How do I setup a certificate that is recognized by Thunderbird's encryption? 2. If I can't setup the certificate, where do I find a cert that is recognized by Thunderbird's encryption?

It would be much appreciated if someone could provide a step by step process for setting up email encryption for Thunderbird 78.x.x

Thanks and hope all is healthy!

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when following directions to setup PGP encryption, the certificate boxes are not enabled.

Currently OpenPGP in TB78.1.0 is still considered experimental, and hence is disabled. If you would like to test while OpenPGP support is still experimental, you may open Thunderbird preferences, and use the config editor to change the preference with the name "mail.openpgp.enable" to the value "true". Then restart Thunderbird. This will enable the user interface for OpenPGP.

Presumably OpenPGP will be declared stable in TB78.2.0.

It would be much appreciated if someone could provide a step by step process for setting up email encryption for Thunderbird 78.x.x

You'd need to provide more information about where you're coming from. Have you already used Enigmail/GPG with TB68, and thus already have a key? Or are you starting from scratch? Are you having any recipient keys you can use to send encrypted messages?

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Also, the comments on OpenPGP at https://www-stage.thunderbird.net/en-US/thunderbird/78.0/releasenotes/ have reference links

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