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GPG is the opensource version of PGP -- both are excellent encryption programs for making text and files unreadable to anyone except who the text or files are intended for.
Here is a summary of what needs to get done:
After it's installed, you will generate a public and private key. Your public key is given to everyone or published in a place where they can find it. Here is mine: Eric Wolfram's Public Key. You can use my public key to encrypt messages to me. I would need your public key to encrypt messages to you. You would use your private key, on the other hand, to decrypt the messages that I sent to you. Your private key would be safe on your hard drive and encrypted with a pass phrase protection. Therefore, I must type in my pass phrase every time I want to decrypt or sign something. I belive my private key is considered fairly secure that way when I pick a safe password.
Three Different Helper Programs
General Instructions for WinPT
How To Learn More
To learn more about encryption, join this email list specifically for beginner PGP/GnuPG called PGP-Basics. The list has approximately 1,000 users, and it has a wealth of information in their "Files" section. The amount of information they've produced and gathered is really impressive. They've been around for almost three years now.
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