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Quickstart Guide to NouveauPG for OS X

To encrypt a message for some party, you must first import their certificate into NouveauPG.

You can import public key certificates from either the clipboard or a file.

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.