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PGP - Pretty Good Privacy

The OpenPGP standard describes the data format used by PGP and GnuPG to encrypt files and to create signatures.

First contact with PGP/GnuPG


Krypto / Links

email integration

  • A list of Tools and Plug-Ins
  • For a wide variety of text-editor based programs: CryptEdit+ is a complete *FREEWARE* PGPTray replacement that retains all of PGPTray's functionality and adds the capability to integrate PGP 5.x or 6.x with a wide variety of text-editor based programs via Hotkeys.
  • In Pegasus Mail (PMail) with QDPGP. PMail is a free Mailer for Windows and Mac Platforms.

local keyring management

  • extract a key from the keyring or add a key to the keyring
  • sign a key


The keyservers build a world wide storage system for keys and key signatures.

  • search a key on the keyserver network
  • send key and signatures to the keyserver network.

Key signatures / key signing

Keys should be signed by other users. This way others can verify the validity of the keys. These signatures build the web of trust.


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Last modification: 7 Januar 2004, Patrick Feisthammel