Encrypting text file with someone else's public key

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Zachary Franco

10 Sep, 2012 01:50 AM

I already imported the other person's key and when I go to encrypt the text file I only have the option to choose them as a recipient but not use their signature. So I'm not sure if the file is actually being encrypted using their key. I'm using the mac OS GPGTools

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Luke Le on 10 Sep, 2012 01:53 AM

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    Hi Zachary,

    the file is encrypted to all people you choose as recipients using their public keys.
    The signature is only needed so they can tell the file is really coming from you, hence you sign it with your secret key.

    If they have your public key in their keychain they'll be able to verify your signature.

    Hope that clears things up a bit.

  2. 2 Posted by Zachary Franco on 10 Sep, 2012 01:57 AM

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    Thank you for your quick response! To be honest this is part of an assignment and I didn't want to find out it didn't work from my Professor. hah

  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by Luke Le on 10 Sep, 2012 01:58 AM

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    Hehe, great, so I hope you'll get a good grade!

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