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Installing GnuPG for Windows
  1. Get GnuPG from GnuPG.org
    • Open the zip archive in winzip and extract gpg.exe gpgv.exe gpgkeys_ldap.exe and gpgsplit.exe to c:\winnt
    • Make a c:\gnupg directory
  2. Download GPGshell from www.jamaros.de/rsoft/ - this isn't essential but is Useful for managing your key rings.
    • Install
    • From the Keys menu, chose new.
    • A DOS box will appear containing the GnuPG dialogues.
    • You will be prompted to select what kind of key you want. Choose 1 DSA and ELGamal
    • Next you are asked what key size you want. Very basically, the bigger the key, the longer it will take to break by brute force attack. Choose at least 1024.
    • Next you will be prompted for a key expire date. If you want to make a key for a specific task then you will want a key that expires when that completes. You can't encrypt messages with a expired key, but you can still decrypt. If unsure say at least never for you initial key.
    • Next you are prompted for you Real Name, a comment and an email address. These are used to identify your key. The email address is the address associated with this key. A key can be associated with more than one email address. More addresses can be added later.
    • Next the pass phrase for this key. You will need to type this every time you access your secret key - to decrypt messages and to sign messages. This is also the last line of security should someone steal your private key.
    • backup c:\gnupg to somewhere safe. If you loses the contents of this directory you won't be able to decrypt any messages. Burn it off to CD and keep the CD somewhere safe is a good option, but make sure no one can steal the CD!