GNU Privacy Guard

Kris Constable

Ever since PGP removed their open source client, GnuPG has been the standard in open source PKI. If you want to encrypt your emails and/or files on your computer, you’ll need this installed, and a basic understanding of how it works. One of my next posts will be talking about an amazing privacy tool that requires gpg, so give it a try, you’ll never know when it will come in handy.

Late last night for example, I had to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) with a lawyer, with no access to a scanner or printer. I was able to do this easily with gpg.

Anyway, if you want to give it a try, follow these steps (It will work best if you have a friend to try it with!):

If you get stuck with the steps above, which I’ve overly simplified, you get a lot more detail with the [HOW-TOs and guides](http://gnupg.org/documentation/guides.en.html). Once you’ve got the basics down, [set yourself up with email encryption](http://privasectech.com/2010/01/email-encryption/).
Feel free to send an encrypted email to [kris@privasectech.com](http://privasectech.com/kris.asc)Â (link is to my public key)Â to test it out. Make sure you also attach your public key in an ASCII encoded format (filename.asc)!