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Chapter 21. Implementing Windows Vista’s... > Receiving a Secure Message

Receiving a Secure Message

The technology and mathematics underlying the digital ID are complex, but there’s nothing complex about dealing with incoming secure messages. Windows Mail handles everything behind the scenes, including the authentication of the sender (for a digitally signed message) and the decryption of the message (for an encrypted message). In the latter case, a dialog box tells you that Windows Mail decrypted the message with your private key.

As you can see in Figure 21.20, Windows Mail gives you a few visual indications that you’re dealing with a secure message:


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