An absolutely essential part of securing yourself is setting up secure communications. It is impossible to remain secure if everything you send over clearnet or darknet is sent in unsecured emails. Regardless the status of the email server, its important to remember that every electronic communication is cached somewhere by someone. The letters pgp stand for pretty good protection, and to date properly encoded pgp encryption has not been successfully brute force attacked or cracked by any government agency known.
In the previous articles we briefly touched on setting up pgp encryption for email/forum/message board communications. A more in depth approach will be addressed in this article. For all windows/mac users the following program is open source, secure and easy to use. Simply click on GNUPG.org and follow the easy instructions to download. This program also works fine for linux, though depending on the individual linux system, tweaks may be necessary. Next follow the instructions included below.
1. Download GNUPG
- Install GNUPG
- Open GPA / gpa main menu
- Generating a key / enter name / enter primary email address / back up key
- Password generation / 24-58 bit password length at a minimum/ re-enter password
- Key generation completion – make sure you move the mouse randomly/ and allot
- Encrypting messages / Selecting a Key (the addressee) / Encrypted Message
- Decrypting Messages / message decryption / use clipboard
There are several ways to import someones key, save the key as a file on notepad, and than import that file. There are additional ways, however, I will leave that for you to learn.
If you are leery about having pgp software on your computer, or if you use public computers allot, you can use the following mobile application, remembering of course that open source products are generally more secure and will likely run better. Download gpg4usb by clicking here. Please remember, all of the linked software applications have been open source, yes that generally means “free of charge” however, if you want to help them out most will have links for bitcoin or frn donation.
For all you linux users, continue using the terminal for pgp applications, most linux os come with pgp pre installed through terminal. Knowing the friendly linux users, I could get into detail about this, however, will invariably have someone using a different os or release of the same os that has different results. So, if you are a linux user and truly need assistance with this, ask, we can chat privately. For all the rest of you, start using pgp with every email and with every contact. Teach them how to use it, and remember use open source, any pgp that is a paid platform will also have cached information on you. How secure can that be? If you have any questions or suggestions, please ask them, feel free to comment or email me.
And for all the current users of pgp out there, the public key I use for most communications follows. Remember you can use pgp encryption for emails/ message boards and more. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
—–BEGIN PGP PUBLIC KEY BLOCK—–
Version: GnuPG v2.0.19 (MingW32)
—–END PGP PUBLIC KEY BLOCK—–
Free the mind and the body will follow
- Getting Started with GNU Privacy Guard (javacodegeeks.com)
- Getting Started with GNU Privacy Guard (spin.atomicobject.com)
- How to Encrypt your email (thegetsmartblog.com)
- OpenPGP Support for Elgg (marcus-povey.co.uk)
- Automatically Encrypting all Incoming Email (grepular.com)
- WebPG, a PGP addon for web browsers (tanguy.ortolo.eu)