So I started up the new computer, downloaded Studio. I loaded the Youtube video and followed the instructions word by word. . First, I created my key pair. Then I went to export it. It says nothing about what file extension to use. It does say .asc in the example so I will go with that i guess ? It says send this file to your trading partners. Do they mean just copy and paste the text in Notepad and send the text ? If so, what file extension to I save it with in notepad ?
Next step is to encrypt a message. So first, I need to make a file with the message in it. The video says nothing about this. So I open Notepad and write " this is a test message" and save it. At this point , does it matter what the file extension is ? I just saved it as whatever notepad saves it as. A txt file i guess. ?
Then I have to get the public key from the other computer/trading partner. I can see the public key on the screen but what do I do with it ? I just copied the key and pasted it in Notepad and then saved it. What extension do I save the trading partners public key with ? Video says nothing. So I just went with whatever the default was. So I highlighted the file and clicked open and it added the key.
Next, I go to the "open pgp tasks" tab, highlight the file i made and hit the encrypt button. Then on the next screen, i clicked on the trading partners public key and added the suffix "pgp" like it says. Then I hit encrypt. And then the screen comes up that says i successfully encrypted a file.
Problem is, when i go and open the decrypted file i just created , it looks like this and not like a normal encrypted message.
When I open these files^ its all just this gibberish. So I sent it anyway and like I thought, it would not decrypt. Then I tried the same process over again a few diffrent times and a few diffrent ways and nothing changes.
OpenPGP Studio is use to encrypt files for secure exchange with other entities such as trading partners. It is not intended for email message encryption/decryption.
Based on what I gather you are trying to accomplish from your post, I have put together this diagram to show you at a high-level the steps needed to accomplish this test scenario. This should help point you in the right direction.
Thanks - Jon