Note: For this HOWTO you will need to have basic command line/terminal experience, and you will also need the following installed: gnupg, gnupg-agent. In order to create a key, you will also need a real email address.
This HOWTO will take you through a quick & basic PGP Key creation, submission to key servers, and setup in Evolution.
1. Open a terminal.
2. type in the following code:
3. Then enter a "1" - to create a standard DSA/ElGamal key. Press Enter.Code:gpg --gen-key
4. Type in 1024. Press Enter.
5. Type in 0. Press Enter.
6. Enter a y. Press Enter.
7. Type in your Real Name. Press Enter.
8. Type in your REAL email address. Press Enter.
9. Type in Your First Name, followed by "'s PGP Key". Press Enter.
10. Type O. Press Enter. It will now create your Key.
11. You will have to give it a "Pass Phrase" ... usually a short sentence or phrase that isn't birthdays, names, etc. of people in your family. I will say this to you, because when it comes to pass phrases, they're not easy sometimes... so write it down. Because what you DON'T want to do is forget it!!
When it's finished creating your Key, follow these steps:
1. Open a terminal.
2. Type in the following code:
3. Open a nautilus window.Code:gpg --export -a "User Name" > public.key
4. Find the file "public.key" in your home directory.
5. Right click on the file, left click on open in text editor.
6. Press CTRL+A, then CTRL+C (Select All, Copy)
7. Open http://pgp.mit.edu in a browser window.
8. In the box under the label, "Submit a key" - right click in the box and then left click on paste.
9. Click on "Submit this key to the keyserver!"
10. Go back to http://pgp.mit.edu
11. Type in your name in the Search String box.
12. Highlight and Copy the section of the result page under "User ID" (It should be your name, comment, and email address.)
Ok, now that your key has been submitted, add it to your evolution profile:
1. Open Evolution.
2. Go to Edit->Preferences.
3. Choose your email account, click on it, and then click Edit.
4. Click on the security tab.
5. In the PGP/GPG Key ID: box, paste the User ID from the web page result.
6. Click OK. Click Close.
If you want to use your key in any new email, simply click on the "Security" menu item in your new mail message, and then click on "PGP Sign" ...
That's it. You now have your own GPG key.