How to generate OpenPGP key pair or Personal key?

You can generate an OpenPGP key pair or a Personal key within Mailfence:

  1. Go to Settings -> Messages -> Encryption and click on Add personal key.
  2. Click on Generate a new personal key.
    • Select the email address for which you would like to generate your key pair.
    • Type a display Name. This will appear before your email address.
    • Choose the algorithm (default: RSA).
    • Put an expiration date OR check This key does not expire.
      • The key pair will expire at (mid-night or) the end of selected date.
    • Type your Passphrase and confirm it by entering it again.

      Optional: Ticking Publish on Public key server check box will upload your public key on (SKS based) public key servers – a common place where public keys of other people resides. This is a non-reversible process. It will also publish your given Name along with your associated email address that you will not be able to delete or modify. However, this will allow other users to find your public key easily.
  3. Click on Generate a new personal key.
  4. Revocation certification: Click on Yes (strongly recommended)
    • You can Download it locally OR Save it your Mailfence Documents. In any case, keep it on the safest digital storage that you have. It will allow you to revoke your Personal Key in case of forgotten passphrase or key-compromised situation and let people know that you no longer use this key pair.
  5. After you saving your OpenPGP key pair revocation certificate, click on Close.

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