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Turning off digital signatures in Windows Live Mail

Windows Live Mail Safety OptionsQ: I use Windows Live Mail for e-mail. When people using Outlook Express (and perhaps other programs as well) try to reply to my messages they see the following error message:

“You cannot send digitally signed messages because you do not have a digital ID for this account.”

I can turn off the digital signatures for one email at a time but I’d love to get this thing turned off permanently.

A: Digitally signed messages rely on mathematical formulas to deliver e-mail securely. The digital signature lets both recipients and senders know that their messages haven’t been changed since leaving an Outbox and arriving in an Inbox. But casual correspondence rarely requires that level of security, making digital signatures a problem both for the senders and recipients.

To keep Windows Live Mail from adding a digital signature to each of your messages, follow these steps:

  1. Open Windows Live Mail from the Start menu.
  2. Click the Menu Options icon and choose Safety Options, as shown in the figure above.
  3. When the Safety Options window appears, click the Security Tab and remove the checkmark from the “Digitally sign all outgoing messages” option.
  4. Click OK to save your changes.


Comment from Imran Siddiqui
Time September 22, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Thanks very much buddy, u rock:)

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