Understanding the process of switching to a new keypair

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25 Mar, 2019 10:32 PM

Currently i use gpg suite w/ macOS x High Sierra. Everything is working fine.
I would like to generate a new keypair and import it into my gpg keychain and remove the old ones.

The question I have is this:

What is the right sequence of steps I should follow so that I still have access to my old email which is encrypted w/ the old private key.

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Steve on 26 Mar, 2019 08:11 PM

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    Hi newbnz,

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

    There is no clear transition path two a new key. If you search the web you will find various attempts with grace periods to transition between the keys.

    After creating the new key you may want to consider signing it with the old key. You could also sign the old key with the new key. That would show that you have access to both keys.

    If you use the key servers, make sure to revoke your old key and then upload the revoked key to the servers so the new status is reflected there.

    You could send your contacts an email with your new public key or after uploading it to the key servers share the fingerprint of the new key.

    Let me know if that was helpful and if you need further assistance.

    All the best,

  2. Steve closed this discussion on 23 Sep, 2019 09:56 AM.

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