PGP Key

I have a public PGP key! I’ve started signing commits on GitHub projects with this key, so feel free to verify them if you download the repository. If you know what to do with the key, here it is – if you don’t, read on.

-----BEGIN PGP PUBLIC KEY BLOCK-----
Version: GnuPG v1

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-----END PGP PUBLIC KEY BLOCK-----

So what is PGP?

PGP, or Pretty Good Privacy, is a program designed to encrypt and decrypt data. While it was originally developed to encrypt email communications, it is also used to send files securely or confirm that something did come from the source it claims to be from. So, if you download something that I’ve encrypted or signed, you can use the public key above to verify that it really did come from me, and that it hasn’t been changed in transit.

I mostly use PGP to sign commits and software releases, but if you have a security hole you’d like to encrypt while reporting, feel free to use the key above.

Still confused? Computerphile has a great video explaining the more abstract philosophy behind public-key cryptography, which PGP uses.