UW Digital ID (Mac) - Configuring Thunderbird to use a UW Digital Certificate

PKI can be used with Thunderbird to send secure, digitally encrypted email. If you have not installed your digital certificate, please see UW Digital ID (Mac) - Downloading your Digital Certificate

Thunderbird (and other Mozilla family products) don't use the Macintosh Keychain. The UW Digital ID certificate is imported directly into the application.

Using UW Digital ID with Thunderbird

  1. Open Thunderbird. Click on Tools | Account Settings.
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  3. Click on Security>View Certificates under the relevant email account.
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  5. Go to the Your Certificates tab and click the Import button. Browse to the location where your digitial certicate is stored and double click to import the certificate.
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  7. If the certificate has imported correctly you will see the certifcate listed under the Your Certificates tab. Click OK to close this window.
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  9. Under the security options, click the Select button under Digital Signing.
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  11. In the drop-down menu for the list of digital certificates you have available, select the digital certificate you would like to use and click OK.
  12. The window below appears next. Click Yes.
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  14. The Digital Signing area in the Security window should now display the name of the digital certificate being used. In order for the certifcate to be active, check the box Digitally sign messages (by default). Please note that under Encryption, the selection is set to Never (do not use encryption). Click OK to complete the digital signature configuration.
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Thunderbird is now ready to send secure email.

Keywords:PKI pki configure configuring thunderbird mail client email macintosh digitally signature sign certificate encrypted signing encrypting certificate signature encryption smime uw digital id install   Doc ID:4105
Owner:Steven T.Group:UW Digital ID
Created:2005-10-25 18:00 CSTUpdated:2016-09-06 13:14 CST
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