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Practical Linux Topics by Chris Binnie

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CHAPTER 12

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Keeping Information Private with GPG

Many people have heard of Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) before. Even the non-technical among us might recognize the unusual name. It has been unquestionably key in furthering the public-at-large’s use of encryption to protect their privacy for many years. Reportedly it is also the most widely used cryptographic tool globally.

PGP can be used for all sorts of things; when it comes to e-mail for example PGP can digitally sign e-mails or fully encrypt their contents. Anything that you want, within reason, can be encrypted with PGP. Licensing, patents, and re-branding have played their part with the classic ...

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