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Where’d My PGP Key Go?

In my books, I published the fingerprint for my PGP key. Not that I expect people to send me encrypted email that often, but I’d like to be able to cope with it in case people want to send me stuff. And, let’s face it, I don’t mind having the ability to do it.

The last time I used PGP, or more specifically GNU Privacy Guard, was actually fairly recently. I have to be able to decrypt notices from CERT and the like for work, but it’s been about 5 years since I’ve had to use my personal, non-work PGP key for anything.

So where was my PGP key?It’s not on my normal computers, seeing as it’s been almost 5 years. Fortunately, I am a packrat and saved the home directory backups from several years ago where I had my .gnupg directory, complete with my private and public keychains.

I brought them over to my Mac, installed MacGPG2, GPGTools, and GPG Keychain Access, and did some tests between my personal and work PGP setups. I was able to exchange encrypted messages back and forth. Life is good.

Meanwhile, if you’re itching to send me something you don’t want anyone to read, you can download my Public PGP key. Hopefully, I’ll be able to respond in-kind ;)

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