GPG Mail: Cannot encrypt email with Public key

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12 Nov, 2021 09:55 AM


For my personal understanding.
How is it that I cannot create encrypt en email to a recipient which I have the public key?
It only works if I send from one of my emails from which I have created a private/public key.
Sorry if I am wrong but I thought a private key was only used for encryption. Can someone explain me?

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Steve on 13 Nov, 2021 11:53 AM

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    Hi Houbacrypt,

    sorry to hear you are running into trouble using GPG Mail.

    The requirement besides having a public key of the recipient when using GPG Mail is, that you also have a sec/pub key pair for the account you are sending from, since sent emails are also encrypted with your own public key. Otherwise you would be unable to read your sent encrypted messages.

    Does that make sense?

    Best regards,

  2. 2 Posted by Houbacrypt on 13 Nov, 2021 06:27 PM

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    Thank you for answering me.
    I did not understand that my emails were also encrypted with my own public key.
    It makes sense now, thank you

  3. Houbacrypt closed this discussion on 13 Nov, 2021 06:33 PM.

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