Pine Privacy Guard: Sample Sessions

Sending an encrypted message

Step 1

Compose your message.

Compose your message as usual.

Step 2

Choose the filter.

Upon pressing Ctrl+X instead of sending the message, Pine will ask which filter you want to use. You can choose 1 of 3 options:

  1. Unfiltered -- send email without using any cryptography.
  2. Encrypt the email (PinePG will also sign it by default).
  3. Clear-sign the email.

Step 3

Message sent.

The email is sent.

If you are signing the message for the first time during the session, you will be prompted for your GPG passphrase. After that PinePG will securely remember your passphrase during that session and not bother asking for it again.

Receiving an encrypted message

Step 1

Message Index view.

The incoming message shows up in the Message Index. Press Enter as usual to display the message.

Step 2

Passphrase prompt.

The pinepg filter is automatically invoked. You are prompted for your secret key passphrase, so that the incoming message can be decrypted. Anything you type here is not displayed to the screen.

Step 3

GnuPG output.

The output of GnuPG is displayed. Here you will find out whether or not the ciphertext was successfully decrypted, the validity of the signature if it was signed, and any other relavant information. Press 'E' to continue.

Step 4

The plaintext.

The decrypted message is displayed as a normal message.
Note: The plaintext is not saved to the mailbox; only the ciphertext. However once your passphrase is entered, pinepg will securely remember your passphrase so that it will not need to be entered again during the same Pine session. Step 2 will simply be skipped.

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