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PostgreSQL 9 Administration Cookbook - Second Edition by Simon Riggs, Gianni Ciolli, Hannu Krosing, Gabriele Bartolini

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Encrypting sensitive data

This recipe shows you how to encrypt data using the pgcrypto contrib package.

Getting ready

Make sure you (and/or your database server) are in a country where encryption is not illegal—it still is in some countries.

In order to create and manage PGP keys, you also need the well-known GnuPG command-line utility, which is available on practically all distributions.

Make sure that pgcrypto is installed on your database host. On Debian and Ubuntu, it comes with the postgresql-contrib -9. 4 package (change 9.4 for other PostgreSQL versions).

Install it on the database in which you want to use it, following the Adding an external module to PostgreSQL recipe from Chapter 3, Configuration.

You also need to have PGP keys set up:

pguser@laptop:~$ ...

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