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Thunderbird 78 Import Existing PGP/GPG Key
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1. Export of Private Key

Open Passwords and Keys - GnuPG keys on the left - right click on the desired key to export and select Properties - Details- Export Secret Key: Export - add PRIVATE to the filename (example: 'Jim Boe PRIVATE.asc') - Type in your PGP Passphrase to export (if you have one).

2. Import into Private Key into Thunderbird

Hamburger button (top right) - Account Settings - End-To-End Encryption - Add Key... - Import an existing OpenPGP key - Select File to Import - Select your PRIVATE key (Jim Boe PRIVATE.asc) and click Open on the top right - Continue - Input your PGP Passphrase (if you have one) - Continue - Select it to set it as your private key.

3. Delete and purge PRIVATE.asc file

Go into Files - Find your 'Jim Boe PRIVATE.asc' file - right click on it and select Move to Trash - Then go to Trash on the left hand side - Find the 'Jim Boe PRIVATE.asc' file again - right click and select Delete from Trash

NOTE: This PRIVATE.asc file needs to be deleted *IMMEDIATELY*. If anyone else gets a hold of that file (and thus your Private Encryption Key) they will be able to read those protected e-mails meant only for you. It then defeats the whole purpose of encrypting them and you'll have to create a new encryption key pair.

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Oct 7 2020, 13:42

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richard.kolla created this object.Oct 7 2020, 13:42