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    GnuPG or PGP?

    Alright, I am trying to get things rolling with setting up some sort of privacy guard with my email. Sign, encrypt and all that jazz, so there is less a chance at identity theft and snooping. Well, really because encrypted communication is totally g33k, I am into that kinda stuff ;-)

    After reading rhooblers article in Linux Journal I decided to give GnuPG a shot. Yeah I got it set up no problem, and enigmail for Thunderbird is the sh1tz0r5, but I have been hearing alot about PGP (aka, I saw it in maccorin's sig) and I have been wondering which is better and/or more widely used?

    So yeah, lets hear it. If you use either GnuPG or PGP, could you tell me what version and why?
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    my pgp key was actually created with gnupg

    gnupg can handle pgp (in fact.. it's the default i think). I don't know if you've ever used mutt, but if you do use mutt you may want a config file similar to this one:

    http://bniemczyk.is-a-geek.com/?page=mutt_gpg_script

    if you have other questions let me know.

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    One question I do have is, why is your Public key so short? Mine is a whole lot longer than that.

    http://www.robbins.ws/JR_PK.asc

    Or is that the ID of you public key on a keyserver somewhere?

    So if I generated my key just using the default options in GnuPG, should someone using PGP be able to import the public key?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jro";p="6832
    One question I do have is, why is your Public key so short? Mine is a whole lot longer than that.

    http://www.robbins.ws/JR_PK.asc

    Or is that the ID of you public key on a keyserver somewhere?
    yes, thats my keys id on the keys servers

    check out the --send-keys and --recv-keys options to gpg in the man page, you should send your own key, and any keys you "sign" (which you should only do after verifying the key is *really* for who you think it is)

    So if I generated my key just using the default options in GnuPG, should someone using PGP be able to import the public key?
    yes, i believe so.

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    Yep, actually I downloaded your keys last night and added them to my keyring. It wouldn't work if I searched by Key ID, but I found you by searching for maccorin and then again with neimczyk. I am was in there too. They must be mirroring one another 'cause I only added it one place and that was an MIT server.
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    yes, they mirror eachother

    EDIT:
    btw, what is your key ID... i'll add it to my ring

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    You should be able to find it if you search on jeff at robbins.ws. But here is my ID 406238E7. I should add that to my sig too. Hey, I think I will do just that.
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