For Extra Privacy
PGP stands for Pretty Good Privacy and is a time tested proven method to
protect your communication – mostly by email. It brings in end to end
encryption, meaning no third parties can go through your emails. Even
your email provider will encounter difficulty in the attempt to do it.
PGP used to be extremely difficult to use and it was a protocol used by
highly experienced programmers only. Most people had no clue how to
use it or set it up. Developed by Phil Zimmerman in 1991, it is now
standard and learning how to use PGP has never been easier.
How to use PGP
PGP can be used in multiple operations. For example, there are a few
email providers out there that bring in PGP. On the other hand, it is also
used when dealing with cryptocurrency. Simply put, anything that requires
protection can benefit from PGP.
With this standard, you come up with a private key. This key is then used
to check your identity every single time you send a message. You can use
PGP with various programs – some of them designed for Windows, others
for Mac or Linux. Many of them are open source.
Creating a key is fairly simple. Once you choose a software – grab one
from the links provided by The Hidden Wiki, it is time to learn how to use
PGP. Open the program of your choice and find the option to generate a
new key pair.
Enter your name and email address – the name can be fictional if you do
not want any connections with yourself. While you can enter a random
email address, using a genuine one will provide access to more features.
You will have to choose the key type – usually set to default – and size –
usually 2048 bits.
You can choose whether the key pair should expire or not. Decide on a
pass phrase and you are ready to go. Make sure the pass phrase is difficult
and should have over eight characters – upper and lower case letters, digits
Creating keys is fairly simple. You can then share them with people who
need to exchange secure info with you.