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Thunderbird - Secure Email Client

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Thunderbird - secure email client
Mozilla Thunderbird
is a free and open source email client for receiving, sending and storing emails. You canmanage multiple email accounts using a single program. Enigmail and GPG will enable you to bring privacy andsecurity to your email communication through the use of encryption.
Homepage
www.mozilla.com/thunderbird
Computer Requirements
 All Windows Versions
Versions used in this guide
Thunderbird 2.0.0.18Enigmail 0.95.7GNU Privacy Guard (GnuPG)1.4.9
Installing Thunderbird
Follow any program-specific directions in the Guide If there are none, simply click the link below and choose a location to save the installer Find the installer on your computer and double-click it 
Thunderbird
:
License
Free and Open-Source Software
Required Reading
How-to Booklet chapter 7. Keeping your Internet Communication Private
Level
: 1: Beginner,
2: Average
and
3: Intermediate
, 4: Experienced, 5: Advanced
Time required to start using this tool
: 40 minutes
What you will get in return
:The ability to manage different e-mail accounts through a single programThe ability to read and compose messages after disconnecting from the InternetThe ability to use public key encryption to keep your email private
1.1 Things you should know about this tool before you startMozilla Thunderbird
is a free, cross-platform and open source email client for receiving, sending and storingemails. An email client is a computer application that lets you download and manage your email messages withoutan Internet browser. You can manage multiple email accounts using a single program. You must have an existingemail account before using Thunderbird. In this chapter, you will learn how to set up Thunderbird for use with aRiseUp and a Gmail account.
Enigmail
is an add-on developed for Thunderbird. It lets users access the authentication and encryption featuresprovided by
GNU Privacy Guard (GnuPG)
. GnuPG is a program used to generate and manage the key pairs thatare used in public key encryption to keep your email communications private and secure. Before you can beginusing Enigmail, you must install GnuPG as described later on in this chapter.
Registering email accounts
In this section, you will learn how to configure Thunderbird for use with your Gmail and/or RiseUpaccounts.
Step 1
.
Select Start > Programs > Mozilla Thunderbird > Mozilla Thunderbird
or 
double-click
: to activate the Thunderbird program.
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When you start Thunderbird for the first time, the
Import Wizard 
screen appears with two options for importingmessages and account settings as follows:
Figure 1: The Import Wizard screen 
Note
: Although the import process is automated, this guide also describes how to manually register your emailaccounts with Thunderbird.
Step 2
.
Check
the
Don't Import Anything 
option and
click
: to launch the
New Account Wizard 
.
2.1 How to configure Thunderbird for your RiseUp account
You must register your email accounts with Thunderbird in order to access and use them. Account registration isperformed through the
New Account Wizard 
feature that automatically launches itself if you do not have anyexisting accounts. To add more accounts later on, you can manually run the
New Account Wizard 
by performingthe following steps:
Step 1
.
Select File > New > Account
.
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Figure 2: The Account Wizard - New Account Setup screen 
Step 2
.
Check
the
Email account 
option.
Step 3
.
Click
: to activate the
Identity 
screen as follows:
Figure 3: The Account Wizard - Identity screen 
Step 4
.
Enter 
the name you will to use to identify yourself as being the sender of emails in the
Your name: 
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