Gpg4win Encryption: How to use OpenPGP encryption on Windows 7 – The Visual Guide
If you’d like to use OpenPGP on Windows 7, then you’re in luck.
Step 1 – Download Gpg4win
Step 2 – Install GPG4Win
Right click > Run as Administrator
The next 8 screenshots are shown, so that you can see what will happen.
Next, we generate your first OpenPGP Keys
Start > All programs > Gpg4Win
Right click on Kleopatra icon > run as administrator
Step 1 – Create a New Certificate
File > New Certificate
Create a personal OpenPGP Key Pair
Enter Name > Next
Remember to not use your actual details – avoid any connection to your real identity
Show all Details > Create Key
Enter Password (twice)
See password hacking tips at the end.
Key Pair Created
Save Backup of Key Pair
Export Secret Certificate > key.txt
Yay! We’re finished.
Your OpenPGP keys are displayed.
Digital Signature – Sign a picture with your new OpenPGP key
Digital signatures prove that you send the file or photo.
Step 1 – Sign / Encrypt files
File > Sign / Encrypt files
Step 2 – Browse to select your file to sign
Select file > Open
Step 3 – Change Encrypt to Sign
Default is to encrypt as shown:
Select Sign > Next
Sign with OpenPGP
You’ll be prompted for your OpenPGP password
The signed file looks like this under windows
File > Decrypt / Verify Files
Browse to your signed file
Decrypt / Verify
OpenPGP will validate the signature
Digital signatures are legally binding in the UK.
So if you do digitally sign a contract, you cannot back out.
Remember a digital signature, is taken as your REAL signature, it’s like a PIN code to your bank account, it must remain SECRET.