Thursday, August 27, 2009

PGP for Windows users

PGP for Windows:

1. Go to check the box at the bottom of the page and hit "Accept"
2. Fill up the form
3. Hit the Windows XP button and wait for the download link

NOTE: Because you will use the trial version, which will switch to the freeware featured version after 30 days, be aware that only the basic features will remain active. From the agreement form you get:

What functionality continues after 30 days?
The following limited functionality (equivalent to prior versions of PGP Freeware) will continue after the initial 30-day period:

At the end of the trial period, any local disks that have been encrypted using PGP Whole Disk Encryption will automatically decrypt.

PGP file encryption and signing, PGP Zip, “Current Window”, and “Clipboard” functionality will continue to allow encryption, and you will still be able to use the decryption capabilities for all PGP Desktop Trial product functions, thus ensuring that any encrypted data remains accessible.

Installation and configuration (requires a restart at the end of the installation process):

It is pretty straight forward, but you can follow the instructions received with the download link. I'm not going to show how, but some attention must be given to the following points:

Generate your key as the pictures show, if you are concerned with Linux GnuPG compatibility, some encryption algorithms are copyright protected and are not implemented in GnuPG.

To import keys:

1. Open the PGP Desktop: Start -> PGP -> PGP Dektop
2. On PGP Desktop: Menu File -> Import...
3. Select the key file(s)
4. When the keys are on the key list, select all of them
5. Sign them: Menu Keys -> Sign...

To put on your Master Keyring:

1. Open the PGP Desktop: Start -> PGP -> PGP Dektop
2. Select one key (you need to do it "keywise", only one at a time) and: Menu Keys -> Add to Master Keys

To export your public key:

1. Open the PGP Desktop: Start -> PGP -> PGP Dektop
2. Select your key
3. Menu File -> Export -> Key...

NOTE: Do NOT check the "Include Private Key(s)" field.

To encrypt a file:

Right mouse button at the file and: PGP Desktop -> Encrypt to Master Keys...

1 comment:

STRSHR said...

Open source alternative: