How does GPG encryption work?

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22 Oct, 2016 07:15 PM

Which of our tools is giving you problems? Not a problem. I'm using 2016.10 suite with 1.3.2 of the keychain. On OS X 10.11.6.

I hope someone can point me to a simple "how it works" description of the encryption/decryption process.

Many thanks,
Tony Lima

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Steve on 23 Oct, 2016 10:46 AM

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    Hey Tony,

    welcome to the GPGTools community support platform. Sorry you are having problems using GPG Suite.

    For new users the best starting point is our Getting Started Tutorial.

    Let me know if that covers what you where looking for.

    All the best,

  2. 2 Posted by tony on 23 Oct, 2016 05:41 PM

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    Steve, I apologize for not explaining what I was looking for clearly. I am not having a problem using GPG tools. What I’m looking for is a description of how the encryption - decryption process works. Specifically, I’m trying to figure out the relationship between and uses of a public key and a private key.


  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by Steve on 24 Oct, 2016 09:20 AM

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    That is covered in the KB I posted a link to.

    Additionally, this KB-article explains the basics of public key cryptography. It's a long text but worth the time.

    Let me know if you have more questions or need further assistance after going through that KB.

    Best, steve

  4. Steve closed this discussion on 12 Dec, 2016 05:39 PM.

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