GnuPG Encryption

All email that is sent through the internet is passed as plain ascii text regardless of if you connect to the server over ssl .

If you have a need to encrypt your email the server offers this option via the GnuPG encryption icon located in your Email Group of your cPanel.

GnuPG is a publicly available encryption scheme that uses the “public key” approach. With GnuPG, messages are encrypted using a “public key” however, they can only be decrypted by a “private key”, which is retained by the intended recipient of the message.

Overview

This interface allows you create, store, and manage GnuPG keys. GnuPG keys use the public key approach for encryption.

Programs that use GnuPG keys encrypt outbound messages with a public key. Only the intended recipient, who possesses the private key, can decrypt the message.

Create a New Key

To add a GnuPG key, perform the following steps:

  1. Enter your information in the Create a New Key text boxes.
    Important:

    Use a secure password. A secure password is not a dictionary word, and it contains uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.

    Note:

    Use an appropriate expiration date for your key. The system defaults to one year (1y).

  2. Select the key size, in bits, from the Key Size menu. The key size defaults to 2048.
  3. Click Generate Key.

After you create a new GnuPG key, you can add the key to other programs or interfaces that require GnuPG keys, for example, an email client.

Import a key

To import an existing GnuPG key, perform the following steps:

  1. Copy and paste the GnuPGkey into the available text box.
  2. Click Import.

The system will add the key to your server.

Delete or view keys

After you add a GnuPG key set to the server, you can delete it or view it in the Public Keys or Private Keys tables.

Delete a key

To delete a GnuPGkey, perform the following steps:

  1. Locate the key that you wish to delete in the Public Keys or Private Keys tables.
  2. Click Delete GnuPG Key for that key. A new interface will appear.
  3. Click Yes. A success or error message will appear.
    Important:

    You must delete a private key before you delete the corresponding public key.

View a key

To view a GnuPG key, perform the following steps:

  1. Locate the certificate that you wish to edit in the Certificates on Server table.
  2. Click View. A new interface will appear that displays the GnuPG key block.
  3. Click Go Back to return to the Encryption interface.

 

 

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