PGP - verify it is working
Posted on 2006-04-08
I am evaluation PGP Corporation's PGP Desktop. However, I don't see how to confirm that it is working properly. In order to check that it is encrypting messages, I would like to send an encrypted message, and look at the ciphertext, to see that it is not the same as the plaintext.
But with the email function of PGP Desktop, the only way you can send is if the recipient also has a public key. During normal functioning, this is great, as it can be completely transparent. But how can I see a copy of the ciphertext?
I have tried sending to myself, and then checking on our mail server to see the copy of the message while in transit. While I can see that messages are encrypted, for some reason it is not working to decrypt such messages.