Is GPG Still Useful In Today’s Insecure World?

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Introduction

In this article, we will be exploring GnuPG or GPG as it is more commonly known. We will discuss if this software platform is still needed, if it will still be useful in the future, and how to install and utilize it. 

GnuPG is a free, open-source command-line tool and application to apply the OpenPGP standards to secure information. GPG itself is distinct from the OpenPGP standard because it uses that protocol to define the canonical format used to encrypt messages, certificates, and signatures via a public keys exchange.  

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How to Share Encrypted Information

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This article will discuss the methods to send information securely over email using GPG/PGP as the main encryption tool. The difference between PGP and GPG is mainly that PGP is a proprietary solution controlled by Symantec, and GPG is the open-source standard that is defined by RFC 4880. Functionally, each format is virtually identical due to GPG being the offspring of the original PGP standard. Because there are numerous email clients, specific GPG settings will vary. For this tutorial, we will use Gmail and Thunderbird as examples. 

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How to Solve the Upgrade Ubuntu Install Updates Error

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When updating from Ubuntu 16.04 to 18.04, we used the following command as one of the steps to update to the newer version. 

do-release-upgrade 

While using this method to update Ubuntu’s core, we came across a known bug that would not allow us to continue with the upgrade. Instead, it would give the following error message:

Checking for a new Ubuntu release
 Please install all available updates for your release before upgrading.
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How Do I Use GPG?

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What is GPG?

GnuPG (or Gnu Privacy Guard) is an adaptation of an earlier encryption standard known as PGP (or Pretty Good Privacy). GPG uses the method of “public” and “private” keys for the encryption and signing of messages or data.

In this article, we’re going to be discussing the following topics: 

  • Why is GPG needed?
  • How Does Public Key Encryption Work?
  • How do I Setup GPG Keys?
  • How do I Find Other Users’ Public Keys?
  • How do I Make My Public Key Available To Others?
  • How do I Encrypt and Decrypt Messages with GPG?
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How to Set Up Multiple SSLs on One IP With Nginx

Reading Time: 6 minutesWith the shortage of available address space in IPv4, IPs are becoming increasingly difficult to come by, and in some cases, increasingly expensive. However, in most instances, this is not a drawback. Servers are perfectly capable of hosting multiple websites on one IP address, as they have for years. Continue reading “How to Set Up Multiple SSLs on One IP With Nginx”

How to Install MariaDB on Ubuntu 18.04

Reading Time: < 1 minuteMariaDB is a drop in replacement for MySQL, and its popularity makes for several other applications to work in conjunction with it. If you’re interested in a MariaDB server without the maintenance, then check out our high-availability platform. Otherwise, we’ll be installing MariaDB 10 onto our Liquid Web Ubuntu VPS server, let’s get started! Continue reading “How to Install MariaDB on Ubuntu 18.04”

How Do I Secure My Linux Server?

Reading Time: 6 minutesOur last article on Ubuntu security suggestions touched on the importance of passwords, user roles, console security, and firewalls. We continue with our last article and while the recommendations below are not unique to Ubuntu specifically (nearly all discussed are considered best practice for any Linux VPS server or dedicated server) but they should be an important consideration in securing your server. Continue reading “How Do I Secure My Linux Server?”

Install vsftpd on Ubuntu 16.04

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Installing vsftpd allows you to upload files to a server, the concept is comparable to that of Google Drive.  When you invite specified users to your Google Drive they can create, delete, upload and download files all behind a secure login. Vsftpd is excellent for company’s looking for an alternative to Google Drive or for anyone who wants to create a robust server. This “Very Secure File Transfer Protocol Daemon” is favored for its security and speed, and we’ll be showing you how to install vsftpd on an Ubuntu 16.04 LTS server.

 

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