To encrypt a message for some party, you must first import their certificate into NouveauPG.
Before using a certificate, be sure it’s valid. NouveauPG will warn before performing encryption with an invalid certificate.
Click on Compose Message to write a new message for the recipient.
You can either type a message or choose a file to encrypt. At this time, NouveauPG will only encrypt plain text files. (UTF-8 supported)
You can export your encrypted message by copying to the clipboard, or save as a text file.
If you wish to receive encrypted messages from another party, you must first create a new identity. Press the add button on the lower left hand corner of the window.
An identity looks a lot like the public key certificate but you have two more options: Decrypt Message and Private Keystore
The two new options are protected by the password you chose while creating the account.
To decrypt a message, either paste the encrypted message in the space provided or load an encrypted message from a file.
You should use the Private Keystore feature to backup your identity. Make sure your keystore is saved on an encrypted volume. To restore an identity, or move it to a new computer, simply import the private key block.
The number one issue that people have brought up (which I mention in numerous places is that you cannot export your private key to a different PGP program) There is a good reason for this, it’s very technical but it’s the reason NouveauPG has such a simpler interface than any other competitors.