Essay on PGP as it is used today

Stefan Claas sac at
Sat Jul 20 20:47:25 CEST 2019

Stefan Claas via Gnupg-users wrote:

> raf via Gnupg-users wrote:
> > Stefan Claas via Gnupg-users wrote:
> > 
> > > Andrew Gallagher wrote:
> > > 
> > > > * And finally: “don’t encrypt email”? Yes, well. Email is not going
> > > > away. Just like passwords, its death has been long anticipated, yet
> > > > never arrives. So what do we do in the meantime?
> > > 
> > > I think the biggest problems is how can PGP or GnuPG users tell other
> > > users, not familar with email encyrption yet, what else to use ...
> > 
> > At work, when a client insists on email, and I (or the law)
> > insist on encryption, I provide them with instructions for
> > installing 7-zip and send them an AES-256 encrypted zip or 7z
> > file as an attachment. It's the simplest thing I could think
> > of that I thought most people could cope with.
> That is simple, indeed. But how do you exchange passphrases for
> the encrypted files in advance and do you switch them regularly
> or leave them the same when dealing with many clients?
> I solved this with using NaCl public keys, bearing no infos of
> the key owners and having a little key ring, where I only assign
> nicknames to the pub keys. The software I use is box

Windows users who are interested to try out box can find a GUI
based solution, from inwtx, at github.

It uses base64 as armor and the armor headers can be set to 'off'.


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