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Export Your Key

In most cases, you should export your key right after you generate your key pair. Nobody can communicate with you using your public key or verify your messages unless they can get that key. To do this, go to the Key Management Screen > Keys > Export Public Key(s). The Public Key Export screen displays (see Figure 5).

Figure 5

Figure 5 Choose where to export your public key.

If you want to send your key via e-mail, unless your mail client is integrated with GPG (K-mail, some others), ignore e-mail and use the Clipboard to paste it into your mail client window. If you want to save it to a file, use the File option. You can use any file name you please, but keep the .asc extension.

To export it to the world, select the Default key server option. In general, you should choose "Export to world". That way, anyone who wants to communicate privately with you can go to a public key server and encrypt to your key; you don’t have to send it to everyone you know with whom you might have a confidential relationship.

Push the Export button (see Figure 6).

Figure 6

Figure 6 Key server export screen

The Information screen that displays means you got to the network and by the time you hit OK, it’s probably already sent (see Figure 7).

Figure 7

Figure 7 Export in progress

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