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    Default Lost in the maze of encryption - guidance needed please.

    Running Leap 15 with KDE Plasma 5.12.6 and am really lost. Back in the day when I was running OS/2 and PMMail I had PGP working well and life was simple. Now I cannot understand what is happening.

    I thought I would try pgp again after a gap of 10 years and I have Thunderbird installed with Enigmail. I have not yet set it up because I thought I would try and have a rational approach to key storage.

    Meanwhile I messed up my kwallet so started over with a new wallet and thought I would try pgp security rather than blowfish and loh and behold it tells me there are no keys present. As I recall I was asked to use kgpg. But there are already keys present or so I believe, so why didn't the wallet find them.

    Related this has been my initial attempt to set up and use an encrypted usb key device called Nitrokey Storage. This suggests I use gnupg or is that gnupg2 to generate keys.

    So where should I start?

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    Default Re: Lost in the maze of encryption - guidance needed please.

    You need to start by generating a key.

    You can use "gpg" at the command line for this. Or you can use "kgpg" or "kleopatra". But those are both just GUI front-ends to "gpg" so it won't really make a difference which you use.

    Once you have created a key, you will have a ".gnupg" directory. And "enigmail" should recognize that and be able to use your key.

    I'm not sure if this helps. Yes, there's a steep learning curve for crypto. But once you get over the hump, it all begins to make sense.
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    Default Re: Lost in the maze of encryption - guidance needed please.

    Quote Originally Posted by nrickert View Post
    You need to start by generating a key.

    You can use "gpg" at the command line for this. Or you can use "kgpg" or "kleopatra". But those are both just GUI front-ends to "gpg" so it won't really make a difference which you use.

    Once you have created a key, you will have a ".gnupg" directory. And "enigmail" should recognize that and be able to use your key.

    I'm not sure if this helps. Yes, there's a steep learning curve for crypto. But once you get over the hump, it all begins to make sense.
    Hi and thanks for this. As I wrote before there is already a key there in the .gnupg directory. Not sure how it came to be there but what is clear is that the kwallet app didn't pick it up and I need to read a good bit more so I can understand how Nitrokey is integrated otherwise I shall have three different sets of keyrings.
    Many thanks once more.

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    Default Re: Lost in the maze of encryption - guidance needed please.

    Maybe:
    Code:
    gpg --list-keys
    to see what keys are there.

    Or:
    Code:
    gpg --list-keys Budgie2
    for your own keys. But replace "Budgie2" by whatever name you are likely to have used on keys -- or whatever email address.

    When used for kwallet, it wants a key where you have ultimate trust.
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