This is the public key of my PGP key set. Installing it into your own PGP application will allow you to send me a PGP encrypted email, with the security and confidence that your message will be unread by anyone else but me.
What Is PGP?
How Does It Work?
In simple terms, two people will create two keys, one is private and one is public. These keys are stored on a keychain. Person [a] will share is public key to person [b] and person [b] shares his public key to person [a]. On [a]’s keyring, he will have his private key, his public key and now the public key of person [b]. Similar, on person [b]’s keyring, he will have his private key, his public key and the public key of person [a].
Either of person [a] or [b] can encrypt any of their own files with their private key and use the public key of their friend to send an encrypted email. Person [a] will simply encrypt an email to person [b] with the public key of person [b] and upon receipt, person [b] will decrypt with his private key. The email is thus encrypted through the full Internet email system from one computer to another. It is safe from snooping and any emails stored or archived on an Internet server remain encrypted for ever.
What Software Do I Need?
You will need to install a software app or program that will bind to your email software and become your keychain. Please note that this is unlikely to work with any webmail service. You will need to find the correct program or app that installs and binds to your email program/app. This is probably the most complicated thing to do but once done, the rest is a breeze. Here’s a link to the OpenPGP application page. Some are free and some are commercial. Simply pick the app that works with your email software and operating system. I use the GPGSuite from GPGTools for my MacMail client. Many of these apps will allow free trials, so what’s to lose?
The next thing to do is create your PGP keys. Each app will be different, so simply follow the app instructions to create your key pair and add to your keychain. Then, send me a copy of your public key and ask me for a copy of mine. Add my public key to your keychain and I will add your public key to my keychain and then we can communicate in private.
You can copy and paste my Public key below into your keychain if you prefer.
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The most important thing here is that you will secure both your private and public key with a pass phrase. Yup, a pass phrase and not a password. This pass phrase can be uppercase, lowercase, include spaces and any special characters. Remember is and never forget it. Failure to remember is will mean you will never be able to decrypt any email or file ever. Never, ever, ever!