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by: Bill Osler August 1, 2010 6:26 PM PDT

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Encryption and signing in Outlook 2010

by Bill Osler - 8/1/10 6:26 PM

I'm migrating to a new computer with Outlook 2010. I'm not connected to Exchange server. The PC runs Win 7 Pro.
I'm used to using Thunderbird for secure email and I don't know if I understand all the ins/outs with Outlook 2010.
When I receive a digitally signed email in Thunderbird I can save/export the certificate from the email and IIRC the program automagically associates the certificate with the sender of the email. I can view the public certificates that are available fairly easily.
In Outlook 2010 I can import my own certificates via the Trust Center but I have not figured out what to do about getting public certificates for my correspondents. As far as I can tell, just reading a signed email is not enough to associate the public certificate with the source email address.
I have not found a way to archive the digital certificates from received email messages, but I did eventually figure out how to import one of the certificates that I used in Thunderbird on my old PC.
Does anybody know of a good, minimally technical resource I can use to sort out the process?
Thanks.

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