Guide on using PGP email encryption

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Please provide me with a guide on how to use, setup, & configure PGP to encrypt Outlook 2013 emails. I also need to know how how people who are sent Outlook 2013 emails that are encrypted with PGP are able to decrypt and read the PGP encrypted emails.
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Jackie Man IT Manager
Top Expert 2010
using PGP email encryption

What PGP software to be used?

Open-source PGP software might not work and you need a paid software like Symantec Encryption  Desktop.
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Usually, when pgp was installed it registered option for outlook to sign, encrypt and automatically handled decryption.
The sender/recipients had to exchange public keys ahead of time which are used by each side to encrypt the message prior to sending. Where only the recipient can decrypt. Each would add the public pgp key to their public ring.

Have not used it recently so unsure as Jackie pointed out the public you can locate or gnu pg integrate into the current version of outlook.

Or you would have to follow steps (same public key exchange) adding the public key to public key ring. Email/key is usually the combination/identifier.
You would using text create the message, then use pgp/gnupg to encrypt the message for the recipient. Then open outlook,  address the message, and attach the encrypted asc file.

The recipient would have to save the attachment, and then decrypt it using their private key....
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Can you provide me with a guide or step by step instructions on exactly how to use the process you described above?
Distinguished Expert 2017
The process is outlined above. Everything depends on what you install and the tools that come with it.
Some pgp versions only included command line tools
Create the document
Use pgp tool to encrypt the document for a single recipient.
Create an email message attach the encrypted saved document.

why not go for s/mime where each user with whom you communicate purchases a personal certificate from any certificate provider. You exchange the public certificates among you. You then use outlook's builtin feature to encrypt the message using ......

Best option is look at the publicly available pgp download. Install it on a test system if available. Then see whether the outlook has the added sign, encrypt, decrypt option. Right click in any folder on a doc ent and see if the encrypt/decrypt sign is available under the "pgp" category, etc.

Somethings are overthought/over planned where a straightforward install the application (from trusted vendor and source)
And see whether the options added suit what you need.

Pgp in the not so near past used to have public pgp key registration system where an individual can add their public key so that others could find it as opposed to having to go through the public key exchange before encrypted message can be transmitted.

If this is for internal use, setting up an internal CA and then issuing appropriate certificates to the users could facilitate the same result, secure/encrypted ,.....

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