PGP and signing email in Outlook 2000

PGP and signing email in Outlook 2000

Post by Scott S. Atki » Thu, 19 Apr 2001 15:32:28


I recently set my PGP (version 6.5.8) to sign each outgoing email
automatically.  Well, I have to enter my pass phrase of course, but
you know what I mean...

Anyway, now people are asking me why I send them blank emails... they
get the subject line, and any attachments, but the body of the message
is blank.  When I check my "sent" messages folder, the emails I sent
seem to be normal, PGP signed messages; yet several people are telling
me that they are getting the blank emails.

Any ideas?

Be Safe!

Scott S. Atkins
Torrance, CA

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