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