Beginner’s Guide To PGP

GNU Privacy Guard

So I’ve been asked to do some writing for Bitcoin Not Bombs. I’m going to have a “101” series explaining different privacy tools and what not.

So for now, at least some of the how-to posts that have been popular here will be moving over there. Of course I’ll still link to them. Be sure to check out my first post which was an intro to PGP!


If you are new to Bitcoin it’s likely you’ve heard some terms thrown around by Bitcoiners that you have no idea what they mean―PGP, Tor, VPN, OTR, etc. In most cases these are referring to various technologies that people use to protect their data and communications.

This is the first installment of what will likely be a series of articles aimed at introducing new Bitcoiners to these and other technologies that you can use to enhance your privacy and keep sensitive information away from the prying eyes of governments and data thieves.

We’re going to start off this series by introducing you to PGP, which is by far the most widely used encryption software available and a critical component to online privacy. Whether you’re purchasing drugs from Silk Road or just sending emails to friends and family, it’s something with which even casual internet users should familiarize themselves.

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