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Old 09-30-2006, 02:40 AM   #1
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GnuPG?????


-hi guys hope u can give an insight here...i want to secure our emails and i downloaded GnuPG for windows to encrypt our emails but i havent try using it yet...we also have our own domain and website hosted by a third party company. i check its cpanel and it has a GnuPG so i used it to encrypt the email address that iam using and it generated 2 keys a publick key and a private key. my questions now is...is my email address now encrypted? and if i will send emails using that email address is it encrypted? also if my email is encrypted using the public key how will the recepient of the email will know the private key to decrypt the email that i send?
 
Old 09-30-2006, 05:59 AM   #2
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Private keys enable you to sign or encrypt files and emails, public keys enable other people to decrypt and verify signed items. PGP/GPG may download public keys that have been submitted to the key servers.

To perform any of these operations PGP or GnuPG must be installed, and the email applications need to support PGP. You may then either sign or encrypt emails. Evolution supports GPG by default, Thunderbird requires the Enigmail extension.

Hope that helps.
 
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Private keys enable you to sign or encrypt files and emails, public keys enable other people to decrypt and verify signed items. PGP/GPG may download public keys that have been submitted to the key servers.
Pretty sure that you encrypt with public keys and decrypt with private keys. The idea is that you give public keys to other people to send encrypted email that only you can decrypt with your private key.
 
Old 09-30-2006, 12:36 PM   #4
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Pretty sure that you encrypt with public keys and decrypt with private keys. The idea is that you give public keys to other people to send encrypted email that only you can decrypt with your private key.
You're right - it's signing that uses the private key, but encryption uses public keys.
 
  


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