Create a PGP Key in PGP Desktop 9.x for Windows.
The following instructions will detail the creation of new keys and smart card keys.
PGP Keys are essential to the use of PGP Desktop encryption, please backup your keys by either exporting the key(s) to a file and storing in a secure location, or by using the backup feature provide within PGP Desktop to do so (see the Backup option within PGP Options).
Enter a passphrase that is not easy to guess, but do not enter a passphrase easily forgotten. If the passphrase to a key is forgotten, any Email or file encrypted to the key will remain encrypted.
Create a Keypair
If you skipped the Keypair creation during installation, or if you would like to create a new keypair, proceed with these steps:
|Note: If you will be generating a PGP key on a token, the option to create on token will be displayed below. If the token is not connected, the option will not be active.|
Create/Import Key on Smart Card or Token
To be able to create/import PGP keys on a smart card or token, you need to be certain you have the correct cryptographic libraries/drivers (pkcs 11). Make certain the manufacturer of the smart card or token provides you with these libraries/drivers. Once you have installed the drivers and the smart card or token, follow these steps for creating or importing a key onto a smart card or token.
|Note: If you have more than one type of smart card/token installed, open PGP Desktop, select the Tools>PGP Options menu. Select the Keys tab and change the "synchronize with smart cards and tokens option to the specific name of the smart card or token you will be creating/importing the key on. A good indication that you have been successful is whether or not a new keyring (e.g. All Keys, My Private Keys) within PGP Desktop called Smart Card Keys is now displayed.
Create PGP Key on Smart Card or Token
Send a PGP Key to a Smart Card or Token
|Note: This is the most secure option. The reason for this being very secure is the data encrypted to the key stored on your smart card can be decrypted only when the smart card or token is connected.|