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PGP (Pretty Good Privacy), originally developed by Phil Zimmerman, is a high security cryptographic software application for MSDOS, UNIX, VAX/VMS, and other computers. PGP allows people to exchange files or messages with privacy, authentication, and convenience.

The version of PGP documented below has been modified so that it will work in both the virtual and non-virtual environments. Modifications have also been made to the PGP executable provided such that it will only run on our Virtual Servers. Please do not attempt to export this version of PGP outside the US (or outside the Virtual Server network for that matter). It will not work.

Installing PGP
To install PGP on your FreeBSD-based Virtual Server, Telnet or SSH to your Virtual Server and do the following:
  1. Run the PGP 5.0 installation program by typing:

      % vinstall pgp

    and answer all of the questions.

  2. Make sure that ~/bin is in your path. By default, your account is installed with ~/bin in your path, however, you may need to run "rehash" to update your shell's hash table:

      % rehash
Now that you have installed PGP on your Virtual Server, it would be very wise to read the documentation before you attempt to use it.

Configuring PGP
To generate your own public/secret key pair:
    % pgpk -g
or if you already have a public/secret key pair, you will want to add your existing keys to your Virtual Server's key ring:
    % pgpk -a [keyfile]
To add PGP to your CGI scripts do something like the following:
    ... | pgpe -r <userid> -a -f | mail -s "Encrypted Mail" ...
or use the PGP version of FormMail, PGP FormMail.

PGP is very well documented and thus very easy to use if you do your homework. All questions sent to Blue Reef Technical Support with regard to PGP usage will be answered with a URL to this page.

PGP FormMail

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PGP: Pretty Good Privacy
PGP: Pretty Good Privacy

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Web Security: A Step-by-Step Reference Guide

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