too many options when composing a message

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too many options when composing a message

Postby tedc » 14th Apr 2009 17:39

When composing a message with Thunderbird, the menu item
Options / Security
offers these choices: Do not encrypt this message, Encrypt this message, Digitally sign this message.
The same choices appear to be offered by clicking on the S/MIME icon in Thunderbird's toolbar.

The menu item
OpenPGP
offers choices that include these: Sign message, Encrypt message
Clicking on the OpenPGP icon in Thunderbird's toolbar brings up these choices:
Sign message, Encrypt message, Use PGP/MIME

Who can disambiguate these redundancies? Which ones are distinctions without difference, and which ones really mean different things? Do the choices offered by Options / Security actually have the same effects as the choices offered by S/MIME and PGP/MIME? Do the choices offered by the OpenPGP menu item have the same effects as the choices offered by clicking on the OpenPGP icon in the toolbar? Are the effects of choosing one of the selections offered by Options / Security, S/MIME, and PGP/MIME identical to, or different from the effects of choosing one of the selections offered by OpenPGP?
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