Teaching GnuPG to noobs

Charles Spitzer cspitzer at godaddy.com
Wed Jun 17 21:24:53 CEST 2015


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Gnupg-users [mailto:gnupg-users-bounces at gnupg.org] On Behalf Of 
> Robert J. Hansen
> Sent: Wednesday, June 17, 2015 7:15 AM
> To: A.T. Leibson; gnupg-users at gnupg.org
> Subject: Re: Teaching GnuPG to noobs
> > What has your experience been teaching inexperienced users how to 
> > use GnuPG properly?

> It's absurd.  Who in the class has ever seen a lock with two keys, one 
> that locks it and one that unlocks?  The metaphor's ridiculous: the 
> locks the students are familiar with require *no* keys to lock and 
> only one key to unlock


There are locks in common use that require a key on both sides, and need a single key to lock and unlock. They can also be changed such that the inside and outside keys are different.

For example:

However, your analogy of a lock and unlock key for the same lock still holds. I'm not sure I've ever heard about one of those.


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