Notes - GnuPG

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gpg: Quick and dirty

gpg is a powerful encryption tool and can do many useful things, but sometimes you just need a simple tool to encrypt and decrypt data for yourself.

Start with the following alias (in .zshrc or .bashrc, depending on your shell - change to gpg2 if you use gpg2):

alias gpg='gpg --default-recipient-self'

This alias makes the default recipient be you, so if you don't specify one, it will be encrypted for you.

Then to encrypt a file:

gpg -e FILE

And to decrypt it:

gpg -d FILE.gpg -o FILE