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Old 09-02-2012, 11:37 AM   #1
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Beginner site/howto for gpg in Linux?


I've never used gpg. Im reaching out to the community to see if there is a good step-by-step beginners guide out there for .. Fedora i guess.

Things I would like explained is; Initial Setup of keys, how to use them in Evolution or gmail, how and what to back up?

Thanks all
 
Old 09-02-2012, 12:43 PM   #2
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Try this http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Using_...th_Thunderbird
 
Old 09-02-2012, 01:03 PM   #3
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Hi,

Here's what you need to do to get started.

Generate your public/private key pair.

Code:
gpg --gen-key
Determine the key-id for your key-pair and use it to publish the public key to a keyserver.
Code:
gpg --send-keys DEADBEEF
If you would like to send an encrypted message to another user. You first need to import their public key into your keyring.

Import keys from a keyserver:
Code:
gpg --search-keys user2@otherdomain.com
Encrypting a file for user2:
Code:
gpg -ae secretfile.txt
This would output the encrypted file secretfile.txt.asc
Most email clients allow you to specify the key-id to use for encrypting and/or signing email. I also remember having tried a FireFox plugin(FireGPG) that worked with Gmail.

With regards to backup, I would suggest making a copy of both your public/private keys as follows:

Code:
gpg -a --export-secret-keys user@domain.com > secretkey.asc
gpg -a --export user@domain.com > publickey.asc
 
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Old 09-02-2012, 06:58 PM   #4
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http://www.gnupg.org/gph/en/manual.html - background + basic howto keys/certs
http://www.gnupg.org/documentation/manuals/gnupg/ - HOWTO
http://www.enigmail.net/home/index.php - secure email
 
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