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PGP & GPG: Email for the Practical Paranoid

Overview

OpenPGP is the most widely used email encryption standard in the world. It is based on PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) as originally developed by Phil Zimmermann. The OpenPGP protocol defines standard formats for encrypted messages, signatures, and certificates for exchanging public keys.

PGP & GPG is an easy-to read, informal tutorial for implementing electronic privacy on the cheap using the standard tools of the email privacy field - commercial PGP and non-commercial GnuPG ...

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Overview

OpenPGP is the most widely used email encryption standard in the world. It is based on PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) as originally developed by Phil Zimmermann. The OpenPGP protocol defines standard formats for encrypted messages, signatures, and certificates for exchanging public keys.

PGP & GPG is an easy-to read, informal tutorial for implementing electronic privacy on the cheap using the standard tools of the email privacy field - commercial PGP and non-commercial GnuPG (GPG). The book shows how to integrate these OpenPGP implementations into the most common email clients and how to use PGP and GPG in daily email correspondence to both send and receive encrypted email.

The PGP & GPG book is written for the moderately skilled computer user who is unfamiliar with public key cryptography but who is nevertheless interested in guarding their email privacy. Lucas's trademark informal and relaxed tone makes public key cryptography as simple and clear as possible, so that any reasonably savvy computer user can understand it.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593270711
  • Publisher: No Starch Press San Francisco, CA
  • Publication date: 4/20/2006
  • Edition description: 2-color
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 832,690
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Author BioMichael W. Lucas is a network/security engineer with extensive experience working with high-availability systems. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Absolute BSD, Absolute OpenBSD, and Cisco Routers for the Desperate (all No Starch Press).

Author BioMichael W. Lucas is a network/security engineer with extensive experience working with high-availability systems. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Absolute BSD, Absolute OpenBSD, and Cisco Routers for the Desperate (all No Starch Press).Michael W. Lucas is a network/security engineer with extensive experience working with high-availability systems. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Absolute BSD, Absolute OpenBSD, and Cisco Routers for the Desperate (all No Starch Press).

Michael W. Lucas is a network/security engineer with extensive experience working with high-availability systems. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Absolute BSD, Absolute OpenBSD, and Cisco Routers for the Desperate (all No Starch Press).

Michael W. Lucas is a network/security engineer with extensive experience working with high-availability systems. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Absolute BSD, Absolute OpenBSD, and Cisco Routers for the Desperate (all No Starch Press).

Michael W. Lucas is a network/security engineer with extensive experience working with high-availability systems. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Absolute BSD, Absolute OpenBSD, and Cisco Routers for the Desperate (all No Starch Press).

Michael W. Lucas is a network/security engineer with extensive experience working with high-availability systems. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Absolute BSD, Absolute OpenBSD, and Cisco Routers for the Desperate (all No Starch Press).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2006

    A PARANOID'S BIBLE!!

    Are you using PGP yet? If you¿re not, then this book is for you! Author Michael W Lucas, has done an outstanding job of writing a book that will show you enough about the ideas behind encryption and digital signatures that you¿ll be able to make intelligent choices about which of the available options you should use in any given circumstance . Lucas, begins by covering the basic ideas behind encryption. Then, the author shows you the basic ideas underlying OpenPGP. Next, he guides you through the installation of the PGP desktop client. The author continues by walking you through the installation of GnuPG on both Windows and Unix like systems. He then discusses how OpenPGP keys are connected to one another, identity verification, and keysigning. Then, the author takes you through the managing of the Web of Trust with PGP software. Next, he shows you how to manage the Web of Trust with GnuPG. The author continues by discussing how to integrate OpenPGP into your email and some of the issues that can arise with email usage and PGP. He also discusses how to use PGP software with e-mail. Then, the author covers integrating GnuPG with various e-mail clients. Finally, he shows you how to deal with some of the things that can go wrong with OpenPGP, how to use OpenPGP as part of a group of people, and how to use some other significant features in GnuPG and PGP. In this most excellent book, the author demonstrates how to integrate encryption and digital signatures with popular e-mail clients so that you can easily exchange secure e-mail with others. More importantly, he shows you how to install the PGP and the GPG encryption packages on Windows and Unix-like operating systems, and how to use them to secure your personal data.

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