PGP is short for "Pretty Good Privacy". It is a data encryption and decryption computer program that provides cryptographic privacy and authentication for data communication. PGP is often used for signing, encrypting and decrypting texts, E-mails, files, directories and whole disk partitions to ...

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Password strengthening for PGP

I'm wondering about some of the semantics and security implications of using something like scrypt or bcrypt to "enhance" a password protecting a PGP private key. Essentially, I'm asking about the ...
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Security of PGP for Long-Term Storage

How secure are PGP/GPG encrypted mails? I realize that it's probably fine for regular e-mail scenarios, but what about the security over longer time periods (>30 years)? Is the 4096 bit limit for ...
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How does storing GPG/SSH private keys on smart cards compare to plain USB drives?

I have a basic understanding of private/public key cryptography and have been using it for SSH logins and GPG encryption/signing for a while now. However, I have always kept the private key/keyrings ...
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Is it nescecary to wipe and reset the MBR when laptop changes owners even if full disk encryption is used?

Where I'm currently working we use full disk encryption and after a laptop transfer owners we use a secure erasure program. This is quite time consuming and I'm wondering is it necessary? For the disk ...
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Small encrypted network setup [closed]

Several partners and I have just started a small business and we would like to employ a good secure setup from day one. This is a problem however as there are many piecemeal packages, and I am stuck ...
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Security of running openpgp.js in a browser with the private key in HTML5 localStorage

If I were to write a web application using openpgp.js (http://openpgpjs.org/) for creating PGP encrypted/signed messages and if I stored the user's private key in localStorage, would this be ...
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How safe is a PGP private key that has “escaped”, but without its password?

Assuming your PGP private key is protected with a password, and it "escapes", but the password does not, how worried should you be? Obviously in the real world, you would immediately revoke the key ...
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Why does PGP use symmetric encryption and RSA?

Looking into the details of Pretty Good Privacy, I'm confused as to the reasoning behind encrypting the message with a session key and the key with the recipient's public key via RSA. I fail to see ...
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When changing a PGP passphrase, does it only affect the private key?

I am beginning to use GPG for email encryption. If I use gpg --edit-key [keyID] to change the passphrase, what files will this affect? Will it only affect my private key, and thus I only need to ...
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Security and privacy in email and other communications [closed]

In the light of newly discovered events like the NSA's PRISM program, I'm really concerned about the privacy & security of my personal emails. Chances are governments already have backdoor access ...
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Emacs and EasyPG not performing public key encryption

I have a file which I edit and encrypt following this guide : http://emacs.wordpress.com/2008/07/18/keeping-your-secrets-secret/ I'm a noob as far as security goes and thought that the point of ...
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Remote network security option

I'm a bit confused with some different network security techniques. Say we want a secure communication with a particular mail server in a remote company network. Reading and sending mails should be ...
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Virus with PGP Encryption Preventing Virus Scan

A user reported having a virus that was causing pop up windows asking for money. When he turned on his laptop and logged into PGP encryption (whole disk) the desktop quickly showed but then a white ...
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Cascading Encryption Algorithm using mcrypt or GnuGP

I'm trying to a cascading cipher encryption algorithm to encrypt a textfile via mcrypt. I'm essentially trying to emulate the behavior of TrueCrypt, where it can cascade two or three different cipher ...
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RFC 6637: Algorithm-Specific Fields for ECDH

I am trying to integrate RFC 6637 into Bouncy Castle C# which is more challenging as initially thought because both private key and public key have to be present to calculate the share secret: that ...
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Is it okay to sign a PGP key without an IRL meeting?

[PGP] can get paralyzed by excessive analness. — Phil Zimmermann Preamble I am in the process of building my own web of trust. That is, I want people (PGP users…) to be—fairly—sure that, by ...
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Recognizing PGP-encrypted disks

I am studying various disk encryption schemes (such as PGP, MS Bit Locker, BestCrypt and TrueCrypt) on my Windows OS. I am interested to know how an encrypted partition/disk/file with a particular ...
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User Groups (Circles) Inside a Web of Trust

Assume I have a universe of U users. Every user has his private key. I want to build user groups by adding a company sub key to his key set. Now users can sign his company sub key with there company ...
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ECC in (Open)PGP

How is with the support for ECC (Elliptic Curve Cryptography) in (Open)PGP so far? It seems that GnuPG (The GNU Privacy Guard) doesn't have an official implementation - but I did find the gnupg-ecc ...
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Will encrypting the same file with GPG and the same key produce the same ciphertext?

If I encrypt the same file twice with GPG, using the same key, will I get the same result? or is it using some random/psudeo-random segment to improve security like rsynccrypto?
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Can a good SSO protocol be built around a server signing tickets rather than validating them on demand?

CAS and its alternatives all seem to require a flow like this when one service is acting as a proxy for a user when accessing a back-end service: Service A makes a request to Service B on behalf of a ...
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Do keyservers keep logs of who adds whom to their keyrings?

Maybe it depends on the keyserver. Does that pose privacy issues?
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Is connection to keyserver encrypted?

When you retrieve someone's information from a keyserver to add him to your pgp keyring, that is made through unencrypted keyservers, unless the user uploaded it to https://keyserver.pgp.com/. Even ...
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Secret key is a prime number in GnuPG

I hope that this question is not off topic here. When I use GnuPG I can get a secret key saved as a file. Opening this file in a text editor I see that the key is encoded with base64. How do I find ...
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Does PGP key I created and uploaded have any legal value? [closed]

Suppose you done: gpg2 --gen-key ... gpg2 --keyserver pgp.mit.edu --send-keys ... Does such key have any legal meaning, e.g. to assert that it was really me that signed some message? What can be ...
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Migrating GPG master keys as subkeys to new master key

Currently I have 3 private GPG pairs which are all master keys. I want to convert these keys into subkeys for a new key pair (and keep that in the vault). I have read the following thread ...
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GPG warns about unprotected subkeys while using monkeysphere

Issuing monkeysphere subkey-to-shh-agent GPG warns me: gpg: about to export an unprotected subkey then it asks for the passphrase and everything works fine. What's the meaning of "export an ...
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User friendly PGP email [closed]

Does there exist cross-platform email handlers following these basic guidelines based on some very limited experience? Generate new key at first startup, rather than asking the user if they have an ...
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Is authentication using personal pictures more secure than passwords?

Statement 1 There is a start up called PixelPin. On the web site it reads: The PixelPin solution is simple and quick to use, yet very secure. PixelPin eliminates the traditional alphanumeric ...
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Why do PGP master keys only have a single subkey, and tie certification with signing by default?

After learning more about PGP subkeys and how to split apart the roles of (S)igning, (E)ncryption, (A)uthentication and (C)ertification, I discovered that in most cases(?) a default master key has a ...
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Anything to do about old gpg keys?

Quite A few years ago (in middle school) I created some gpg keys, published them to a keyserver, etc. because I was l33test kid on the block. Now I have gone through a few new computers and OS's, ...
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Are private keys generated by different software packages compatible?

I know that GnuPG follows the OpenPGP standard, but if I generate a public/private key pair using GnuPG and upload the public key to a key server, i.e. the one at MIT, or use it to sign files, ...
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How to change (sub)key usage of a PGP key?

gpg2 generates keys with one or several of the (S)igning, (E)ncryption, (C)ertification usages set. However, e.g. Enigmail creates a primary key also set for (A)uthentication, which GnuPG then shows. ...
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What is a good general purpose GnuPG key setup?

Since most key types can be used for multiple purposes, namely certification, authentication, encryption and signatures, one could simply use one key for everything - which is a bad idea, as ...
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Potential issues with Kim Dotcom's new proposed “encrypted webmail service”

Just spotted a Reddit thread about Kim Dotcom, of MegaUpload fame, planning to produce a secure webmail system that allows people to communicate securely, without the worry of having their messages ...
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Is it reasonable to prevent timing attacks by using fixed processing time

I have systems that perform cryptographic operations within a SSL/TLS tunnel. My concern is that I may leak timing information when encrypting, decrypting, or hashing. Part 1 Is it a good idea to ...
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gpg --perfect-code

By default gpg use CAST5 with SHA1 (not so good) as it had AES256 and hash512! Now I want to use the perfect code to encrypt my files for both symmetric & asymmetric For symmetric encryption I ...
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Apart from the lack of native Oultook support, why should one prefer S/MIME over PGP/MIME for email?

From my (still quite subjective) point of view, GnuPG/PGP is superior to SSL (or more specifically, PGP/MIME over S/MIME; maybe in other areas SSL is the better choice), e.g. due to the support of ...
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PGP keys and security contact pages

I have heard security researchers suggest that if you run a public website, you should put up a "security contact" page that includes a contact email address and your PGP public key so that people can ...
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How many GPG keys should I make?

I am learning how to use GPG keys, and I am wondering what is the threshold people generally use to maintain separate GPG keys. Maintaining an incredibly large number of keys is not good since it ...
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Why are my gpg public key on my machine and on the key server different?

When I generated my PGP key using GnuPG, I had saved the public key as an ASCII version and uploaded that to the server. Now I can see the key on the keyserver but they are different blocks of data. ...
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Recipient non-repudiation in secure e-mail transport

PGP works well to provide many key aspects of information security; message confidentiality and integrity, sender and recipient authenticity, and sender non-repudiation (the sender, who has digitally ...
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GnuPG implementations are not cross-compatible? [closed]

Let's say I made my private key using Enigmail. Then I imported it into a Windows program called GPG4USB. When I want to decrypt a message it asks for my encryption password but it doesn't accept the ...
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is there better email, file, disk encryption than PGP? [closed]

Currently, I am using Symantec's PGP desktop whole disk encryption for my Mac. After hearing that FileVault was insecure and supposedly easily crackaable. However, PGP has been around for a long ...
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GPG-encrypted mailing list and other approaches to safe communication

What is the best way to communicate privately on a mailing-list? Requiring each member of the list to have the public key of each other member, and encrypt their messages with those, is cumbersome to ...
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Network security: Public and Private keys

In Pretty Good Privacy, it is said that Sender sends compressed message and encrypts the message with the private key of himself. And then Receiver will decrypt that message with the public key of the ...
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Safely remove an expired PGP key file

since it's possible to recover a deleted file I wonder how one can safely remove a PGP key file (with linux's command line tools) so that it's impossible to recover it. Maybe some dd command? Searched ...
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How can I encrypt a file using `gpg` without including the recipient's key ID?

An OpenPGP encrypted file will include the key ID of the intended recipient's public encryption key, as explained in this question. Is there any way to remove that information from the resulting ...
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What information is leaked from an OpenPGP encrypted file?

If an attacker obtains a file that has been encrypted using an OpenPGP public key, what information can the attacker deduce? For example, to what degree of certainty can the attacker deduce the ...
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gpg encryption date or gpg version recoverable?

Is there a way to determine the date of encryption or the gpg version of a gpg-encrypted file (with symmetric encryption)? I lost the password but some rough information about when the file was ...