[NZLUG] Getting people to use GPG (was: Email Server)

Rob Connolly rob at webworxshop.com
Wed Jun 19 09:24:29 NZST 2013


On Sun, Jun 16, 2013 at 12:01:46PM +1200, Volker Kuhlmann wrote:
> On Sun 16 Jun 2013 11:25:57 NZST +1200, Rob Connolly wrote:
> 
> > > True! My success rate in getting people to use it is not high though.
> > > Thunderbird refusing to do basic key maintenance is a killer; it says
> > > it's not its job, while technically true, there doesn't seem to be a
> > > clickme-type for those less versed in all things computer.
> > > 
> > 
> > See [0], instructions are Windows and Mac based, but good to recommend
> > to less technical friends and family.
> 
> Thanks, will keep a bookmark. In this case I would have needed it in
> German, and the problem at hand was to extend the expiry of an existing
> key. (Security went through the floorboards because of anal insistence
> of all email software to refuse to touch any expired key; using that
> expired key would have made no difference to actual security.)
> 
> Pointers to
> http://ftp.gpg4win.org/gpg4win-2.1.0.exe
> http://wald.intevation.org/frs/download.php/744/gpg4win-compendium-de-3.0.0.pdf
> 
> failed to give success, and I don't know why. It was found to be far
> easier to click a few buttons in TB to create a new key then to read a
> few pages of manual and deal with gnu4win.
> 
> Otherwise I thought it was a pretty good program and manual (long
> manuals in English and German are included in the installer) that the
> German government found worthwhile to support financially.
> 

Following on from this, does anyone have any experience trying to get
friends and family to secure their communications? GPG is case in point
as it's only really of use if the people you correspond with also use it
and people seem to find it hard to use.

Cheers,

Rob

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