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PGP encryption

PGP encryption

(also Pretty Good Privacy)

PGP encryption definition

PGP (also known as Pretty Good Privacy) is an encryption system for encrypting sensitive files and data. PGP is the industry standard for email security and ensuring the authenticity of data users send and receive. PGP encryption combines data compression, public-key cryptography, and data hashing to provide privacy and authentication for digital communication. Many financial institutions and healthcare organizations use PGP encryption to safeguard their sensitive data and ensure secure communication.

PGP encryption uses

  • Email encryption. PGP is used widely for email communication encryption. You can get several plugins for your Gmail account.
  • Digital signatures. Digitally sign documents you’re sending over the internet to prove their authenticity.
  • File encryption. You can use PGP to encrypt the files you store on your device, which is particularly useful if you’re sharing your device with someone.

Benefits of PGP encryption

  • Sensitive data protection. Information can’t be stolen or viewed by snoopers on the internet – nor can it be modified in transmission without the sender’s knowledge.
  • Secure communication. Users can share data and files securely with others, including other departments.
  • Email authenticity verification. PGP encryption verifies the sender to ensure no third party has intercepted the message.
  • Easy to use. The PGP encryption software is user friendly and can be learned quickly.

Further reading

Ultimate digital security