Steps to get started with OpenPGP to encrypt messages and files on the cloud
Don’t you get goosebumps on thinking that your sensitive email messages or cloud storage are not secured from data thieves? This is a thing that should surely make you unsecure. But, you can get away with your insecurity in just a few easy clicks. You can move on to cryptography in order to secure sensitive data stored on cloud. The best standard of encryption can be gained from OpenPGP, an open-source encryption method for emails and other files in the cloud.
Many people do refer to other forms of encryption solutions like – BitLocker and DiskCryptor, but these solutions cannot secure your data stored on cloud. Whereas, OpenPGP ensures high-end security to delivery of files and messages on cloud and also with the help of digital signing. It provides verification of those who try to create or sent messages. For uninterrupted use of PGP (Pretty Good Privacy), the sender as well as the recipient both needs to participate.
Here are the steps that will help you get started with OpenPGP:
First thing to get started with OpenPGP is get GNU Privacy Guard installed on your PC in order to generate private and public key pair. Public key is the one that you share with your friends, colleagues and family for the exchange of encrypted messages and the private key is that one that is meant be kept with you secretly to decrypt messages. You can choose the product as per your OS. For instance, if you have OS X, you can install GPGTools and if it’s Windows, you can go for Gpg4win.
Create Public and Private Keys
Once the GNU Privacy Guard is installed on your PC, it is the time to generate OpenPGP keys – Public and Private. To create keys, follow these steps:
- Open GPA and click the option ‘Keys’ and go to ‘New Key’ option.
- Next, enter your name and click the ‘Forward’ button to move to the next step.
- Now, enter your email address and click ‘Forward’.
- To back up your keys, click ‘Create back up copy’ option and click ‘Forward’.
- Next, choose a location to keep a backup for your keys.
Once you are through, you will be prompted to enter a strong passphrase for your private key. Also, by creating a backup for your key, you are actually keeping yourself at a safer side for times when you tend to lose your key or forget its passphrase.
Export the public key
Once, the public key is generated, it is supposed to be distributed among the ones with whom you want to exchange messages and other files on cloud. To do so, you just need to right-click the key in GPA and select the Export Key option from the list and Click Save.
Configure your mailbox
Once the keys are generated, configured and exported, it’s the time to configure your mailbox in order to encrypt your messages and other files on cloud. To do so, check out these steps:
- Open a new message box in your mailbox.
- Click the OpenPGP menu.
- Next, on opening the OpenPGP, you get two options – ‘sign message’ and ‘encrypt message’.
- Pick either one or both and start composing the message and click ‘send’.
- Next, enter the password for your private key, and click ‘send’ to release the encrypted message.
Now, your message is encrypted and secured from prying eyes.
This is how you need to go in order to keep your messages and files safe and secure on cloud. Isn’t it a great option to encrypt your messages using OpenPGP, and secure it from data thieves and other online threats?