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Hello All,

This is my first main post!

I think one thing which is very annoying to all of us, is how anyone could eavesdrop on our emails and see what we are sending to people. Privacy and mass surveillance are more prevalent now within the technology era.

I am going to tell you how you can set up PGP! (PRETTY GOOD PRIVACY)
the way this works is you will have a public key - you give this to your friend, they then encrypt the email with your public key then your private key will be used to open the email!

First step is downloading a program called thunderbird. this is going to be your email client.

once you have downloaded this you then need to configure your email server. the best thing to do is use IMAP for email.

//if you are using gmail here is how to set it up//
first, you need to sign into your Gmail, then click the gear in the top right corner, select settings. Press forwarding and POP/IMAP. select enable IMAP then save changes.

//setting up IMAP within Thunderbird//
Open thunderbird, enter your account information: Full Name, email Address (this is your email (user@gmail.com), you then need to enter your Gmail password. If you have set up 2 step verification, you need to set up an application password to use on ThunderBird client.

Once you have done that you then need to set up the Incoming and outcoming mail server.
here are the settings:
Incoming Mail (IMAP) Server - Requires SSL
Port: 993
Requires SSL:Yes
Outgoing Mail (SMTP) Server - Requires TLS
Port: 465 or 587
Requires SSL: Yes
Requires authentication: Yes
Use same settings as incoming mail server
Full Name or Display Name: [your name]
Account Name or User Name: your full Gmail address (username@gmail.com). Google Apps users, please enter username@your_domain.com
Email address: your full Gmail address (username@gmail.com) Google Apps users, please enter username@your_domain.com
Password: your Gmail password

once you have done this you then need to download the PGP client:


//once installed you then need to install enigmamail.//
to do this you need to go to tools/addons
search for enigmail. then install the add on.

Next step is setting up your PGP keys! (WOO)
Once you have set up your gpg. you then need to click "OPEN PGP" within Mozilla thunderbird. Select Setup Wizard, this will then help you set up both your public and private key.

from thunderbird//
The wizard asks if it can change some of your mail formatting settings to better work with PGP. It is a good choice to answer Yes here. Click Next to proceed.
Select the email account for which you want to create the keys. You need to enter a password in the ‘Passphrase’ text box which is used to protect your private key. This password is used to decrypt messages, so don't forget it. The password should be at least 8 characters long and not use any dictionary words. (See this Wikipedia article for information on creating strong passwords.) Enter this password twice and click Next to proceed.
The next screen displays the preferences you configured. If you are satisfied, click Next to proceed.
When the process of creating your keys is completed, click Next to proceed.
The wizard will ask if you want to create a ‘Revocation certificate’ which you would use if the security of your key pair was compromised and you needed to inform others that it is no longer valid. If you want to create the file click on Generate Certificate and follow the steps on the subsequent screens. Otherwise, click Skip.
The wizard finally informs you that it has completed the process. Click Finish to exit the wizard.

If you need any more help setting PGP up don't hesitate to send me a private message!
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