- What Is PGP? GPG?
- Why Should You Care?
- Is GPG Hard to Use?
- Does It Work with Other Crypto Programs?
- Where Can You Find GPG?
- How Does It Work?
- How to Install It
- How to Use It
- Generate Your Key
- Export Your Key
- Key Management Window
- Importing a Key via the Clipboard
- Importing a Key from the Key Server Network
- Open the GPG Text Editor
- Right-Click Menu
- File Encryption/Decryption
- Possible Legal Hazards
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 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 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 Export in progress