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Old 02-22-2019, 07:18 AM   #1
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New Seahorse user can't find servers to add


Trying to learn to encrypt outgoing mail and after the pair of keys is created, where do i find servers to send them to? It says "none- don't publish keys". I can attach them as an .asc file to a mail program but how does that encrypt the message? Am I missing the basics of what seahorse is used for?
 
Old 02-23-2019, 04:11 PM   #2
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So, never used PGP to encrypt email but I understand how certificates work. So, attaching the asc to the email isn't going to help. The basic idea behind Seahorse is to be able to manage your keys (public and private) through a GUI.

The server Seahorse speaks of is a public key server where people who want to publish their gnupg PUBLIC keys can. In email encryption, you send an encrypted email to someone else using their public key to encrypt it. When that user gets it, they use their own private key to decrypt it, because the 2 keys are mathematically related. Make sense? One would NEVER send your private key(s) to anyone ever, or they can impersonate you.

So, to do this, your email client must be able to encrypt and decrypt using your gnupg keys. Can it do that? What client are you using?

Not sure if that helps at all...
 
Old 02-23-2019, 06:20 PM   #3
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OK, thank you for responding sevendog. So seahorse only creates and stores the keys. I use the Gnome Gmail so maybe their Passlock add on would be smarter for me to use. I am truly a newbie using a computer for work.
 
  


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