Protecting the cloud and email

Using the OpenPGP standard, you will encrypt your files in cloud storage, for example, in Dropbox. Besides, this way you will be able to protect your correspondence from spies and hackers.

Such programs, like Bitlocker, they are able to protect your hard drive from outside interference using encryption. However, the data, transmitted over the Internet, it is difficult to hide from the gaze of hackers and secret services.

Then, that it’s not paranoia at all, prove the documents, provided by Edward Snowden. However, encrypt messages and files, located in cloud storage, it’s not that difficult - you only need the programGpg4win

Two keys for more security

After installing this application, you create public and private keys. Open can be passed to friends, sending you messages. Decryption is carried out using a private key, which must bekept secret in a safe place

Setting up encryption in eight steps:

1. Installing encryption software

Run the installation utility of the programGpg4win


2. Creating a key pair

Now run the GPA utility and click on ‘New Key

Before backing up, you will need to set a password for the private key. Choose a combination of numbers for it, letters and special characters. After creating a key pair, save it.

3. Encrypting files in the cloud

Now open the Dropbox folder in ExplorerArchive files withSign and Encrypt (OpenPGP only)

If necessary, you can also activate the function ‘Remove unencrypted original file when doneKleopatra

After clicking on the ‘Next’ button, select the option ‘My Certificates‘ from the listAddNextSign and Encrypttar.gpg

4. Decrypting the files

If you need to edit an encrypted file, right-click on it and select ‘Decrypt and Verify’. In the next window, do not change the settings, and just click on ‘Decrypt/Verify

5. Exporting the public key

Open the GPA utility and right-click on your key. Then select ‘Export Keys

6. Passing the public key

If your friend also uses Gpg4win, then send him the public key as an attachment to the email and in turn ask for his public key. After you receive it, open the GPA and click on ‘Import’. Now find the key sent by a friend and upload it to the program, by clicking on the ‘Open button

7. Encoding emails

On the GPA menu bar, click on ‘ClipboardEncryptOK

8. Decrypt the received emails

When receiving an encrypted email from a friend, copy the text to the ‘ClipboardDecrypt