gnuPGP Setup

BernePGP recasted at
Tue Aug 24 17:58:11 CEST 2010

Paul Richard Ramer wrote:
> On Sat, 21 Aug 2010 04:21:07 -0700 (PDT), BernePGP wrote:
>>> Im really new to this and I have about 80% understood, I am at the stage
>>> where I have sent my key in a word file to my recipient that is sorted. 
>>> I
>>> then tell the reciepient to download and load the gnupgp programe and to
>>> read the setup for novice readme file.
>>> After the recipient has loaded the programe he generates a personal key
>>> but does he do as I have done and copy out his public key in a wordfile
>>> and send it to me?
> He can do one of two things.  He can export his public key into a file
> and, by some means, deliver the file to you, or he send his public key
> to a keyserver so the you can fetch it from the keyserver.
>>> In other words when the recipient got my email with my public key
>>> encrypted in a wordfile , what does he then do?  Does he copy and paste
>>> my
>>> public key somewhere in his gnupgp programe?
> He imports it into his program.  If he is using the program that you are
> using, then he clicks the "Import" button and selects the file.
> Also, note that public keys are not encrypted when exported.  That is
> only done for private keys, because there is no danger in revealing a
> public key but the inverse for a private key.
>>> In what form should I expect to recieve the senders public key?  Will it
>>> arrive already encrypted in a word file and if so what do I do with that
>>> enc public key in regard to my gnuPGP programe?
> Concerning the first question here, it depends on the way he chooses to
> deliver his key to you (please see my top paragraph).  And concerning
> the second, you import it into your program.  In the program that you
> are using, click the "Import" button and select the public key file.
>>> Again a newbie , a few words to clear the matter please.  I did read the
>>> novice helpfile but you can see the whole process is not fully
>>> understood.
> No problem.  No one was ever born an expert.  ;-)
>> To be upfront, Im no further on, I just cant follow the great advice
>> shown
>> here.  The only thing I can do is to provide a screenshot and then follow
>> exactly an A), B), C) format no further advice until a return screenshot
>> has
>> proven that Ive understood and executed that step?  So here is the first
>> screenshot of my GnuPGP UI ( if I should use an easier UI please advise
>> where I can get it but this one seems ok )?   Oh, re the word file it was
>> a
>> misprint, wordpad was used, But now I cant seem to reproduce my own
>> public
>> key in wordpad?
> All right.  Let's start by exporting your public key.  And since your
> GUI is GNU Privacy Assistant, I will refer to it as GPA.
> A) Select your key in GPA.
> B) Click the "Export" button.
> C) Enter the filename that you want.
> You're done.  Now give that file to your recipient by whatever means you
> will.  Now wait for him to give you his public key.  If he gives you a
> file with his public key in it, follow the steps below.
> A) In GPA, click the "Import" button.
> B) Select the file that your recipient gave you.
> Done.  Now have your recipient perform each of these series of steps as
> you have, and both of you will be able communicate securely.
> Also, please follow the advice given to you by Simon Richter and Faramir
> about ensuring that you and your recipient have the correct keys.
> -Paul
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Hi Paul & All,

Ill be honest, Im cancelling this project and Ill use a password protected

Thanks again for the time shown.

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