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Pretty Good Privacy

December 28, 2015 — Michael Schiller

28-DEC-15

For years when someone wanted to get my PGP key, the bunch of little letters, and numbers that are below this text, what was my key, the way folks could send private messages to me, worked fine. But as time marches on, the strength of the encryption it offered was no longer considered enough. First we had to make the key longer, then we had to add extra keys inside the actual key, then we had to get fancy, and add a photo into the key, so that anyone that gets the key can look at it, and if they know me, can tell right away that it is in fact MY key! Well, now I have a key that's much larger than this one, supposedly it's much more secure than this old one, but I really don't have any way to know if it really is or not. For one thing, I'm not a criminal, so I don't send anything illegal in any of my emails, encrypted or not, so those friendly folks that work for the government and keep us safe would have no reason to contact me even if they have decrypted my emails that I send encrypted. Add to that the fact that as I get older I find that I send fewer emails than I did years ago, and those that I send, only a very few are actually encrypted, most are just signed.

Using GPG2 (rather than paying for the commercial product PGP) I sign each email that I send so that anyone that cares to can take the time to download my key off of a friendly local keyserver to verify my identity. Using GPG/PGP has gotten much easier than it was back in the old days back when the key below was first made. Back then you had to create your email in a text editor separate from your email program, then have PGP encrypt the file, either into an encrypted binary file that you then would send as an attachment to an email, or you could have it encrypted into an ascii 'armored' file that you could then paste into your mail programs text entry screen and send it that way. I guess I should stop my ramblings by saying that the world of public key encryption has come a long way since Phil Zimmerman first wrote the original versions of PGP that were distributed by MIT as freeware.

Michael Schiller's PGP public key


-----BEGIN PGP PUBLIC KEY BLOCK-----
Version: 2.6.2
Comment: PGP Key Server 0.1b1
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TyftCVK0lk9WHGjPpnZdLBosXQQATNbR2NwHY1tlW2S3OseAaD376Q0DE99bt1Y4
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NbIQYFEKyt3a9TCTqEICX9VqCBgI9w==
=5Atk
-----END PGP PUBLIC KEY BLOCK-----

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