HOW TO: Import PGP Keys - Symantec Encryption Desktop for Windows

Article:HOWTO42073  |  Created: 2009-08-06  |  Updated: 2013-10-11  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO42073
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This article details how to import PGP keys using Symantec Encryption Desktop (previously PGP Desktop). You can import PGP public keys and PKCS-12 X.509 certificates (a digital certificate format used by most Web browsers) to your PGP Keys keyring. You can also import Privacy Enhanced Mail (PEM) format X.509 certificates from your browser by copying and pasting into your public keyring. 

There are many ways to import a PGP public key and add it to your keyring. These methods include:

  • Double-clicking the file on your system. If PGP Desktop recognizes the file format, it will open and ask if you want to import the key(s) in the file.
  • Choosing to import the key file in PGP Desktop.
  • Dragging the file containing the public key onto the PGP Keys window.
     

Import PGP Keys

Double-click Method

  1. Double-click the .asc file that includes the public key. PGP Desktop recognizes the file format and opens the Select key(s) dialog box.
  2. If prompted, specify to open the file.
  3. Select the public key(s) you want to add to your keyring and click Import. The key is then added to your keyring.
     

Import within PGP Desktop

  1. Open PGP Desktop.
  2. Click the File menu and select Import.
  3. Select the .asc file for the key then click Open.
  4. Click Import. The key is then added to your keyring.
     

Drag and Drop Method

  1. Open PGP Desktop.
  2. Click the PGP Keys Control box so that a list of keys is displayed in the right pane.
  3. Drag the .asc file containing the public key to the PGP Keys window.
  4. Click Import. The key is then added to your keyring.
     

Note: After importing keys to PGP Desktop, you may need to Sign or change the Trust level of the key.

  • Private keys - When private keys are imported, you will receive a PGP Information pop-up that the trust values of the key must be set. To set the Trust for the key, double-click the key and click Trust in the key properties then change the value to Implicit. The key will then display a green checkmark in the Verified column.
  • Public keys - After importing a public key, you must Sign the key to use the key for encryption. To Sign a key, right-click the key and select Sign. Click OK when prompted then enter the passphrase for your key and click OK. The key will then display a green checkmark in the Verified column.


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