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Strong Encryption[edit]

Initial set up[edit]

To set up encryption on your personal computer following the GPGP standard do the following:

  1. Get Firefox, which is an open source web browser
  2. Get GnuPG- current version is 2.0 - check the integrity - (e.g. SHA1 checksum)
  3. Install it: The simplest way to compile this package in linux is:
    1. Open your terminal
    2. `cd' to the directory containing the package's source code and type `./configure' to configure the package for your system.
    3. Type `make' to compile the package.
    4. Optionally, type `make check' to run any self-tests that come with the package.
    5. Type `make install' to install the programs and any data files and documentation.




Weak Encryption[edit]

Initial set up[edit]

To set up encryption on your gmail account do the following:

  1. Get Firefox, which is an open source web browser
  2. Get Grease Monkey and add it to Firefox here. Greasemonkey is a Firefox extension that allows you to customize the way webpages look and function.
  3. Get Gmail Encrypt script - here is direct link

Next steps[edit]

  • Create a public and private key following instructions here
    • Choose two prime numbers from this list
    • Share your public key with people you want to communicate with. Keep your private key private.
  • Restart Firefox and reopen Gmail and you can get started.

Warning[edit]

This is not super hardcore encryption. It is beatable but probably enough to be a major irritant to dissuade most people from reading your email. If you need more solid encryption you will need to cut and paste from PGP: at http://www.pgpi.org/ or http://www.gnupg.org/