First Time Setup Confusion
aongenae at gmail.com
Wed May 28 21:36:43 CEST 2008
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OpenPGP is a protocol that is used on the end user machine, BY the end
user. It allow them to encrypt the message so that only some selected
person are allowed to read the mail, and it permit to the sender to
sign the mail so the receiver can be sure that the content of the mail
was not altered and is really from the sender.
So, as the administrator, you don't have to install anything on the
mail server. But if you're also in charge with the end user machine,
you have to install GPG on these machine (it is already installed on
most linux distribution).
I don't enter the detail but you really should understand the concept
of public key encryption to explain it to the end users.
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2008/5/28 Carlos Williams <carloswill at gmail.com>:
> I am the email administrator for my small company and have never dealt with
> any kind of cryptographic software. I have several internal users on my
> email server (Postfix) who have the need to send encrypted email to trusted
> vendors so there will be some kind of public key exchange however I don't
> understand where GPG fits in the puzzle and maybe someone can explain this
> to me. I was told on a tech forum that PGP and / or GPG both are client side
> applications and don't need to run on my email (Postfix) server. I contacted
> PGP and they explained they have a client application that runs on the users
> desktop that handles the key encryption and exchange however I would like to
> use GPG and don't understand what the steps are that need to be done.
> I read their mini_howto guide:
> However this basically runs over the entire process and everything I need to
> install this. I am just not clear on if I need to install GPG on my email
> server or a stand alone server (or does it matter) and how this all works
> with my current system.
> Please pardon my ignorance and thanks for any help and or info!
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