Today we'd like to show you what the new GPGMail setup wizard is going to look like and what you'll be able to do with it.
The complexity of the OpenPGP-technology makes it hard for first time users to get started. The initial setup is the biggest hurdle to take. Users should not get stuck on that very first step, when trying to secure their communication.
A Wizard will guide all first time users through the setup process after installing GPG Suite. Easy steps ensure, that all actions are covered, to get users started with OpenPGP. Common issues are prevented, which previously could lead to a non-functional setup.
1. Key Creation
After GPG Suite is installed, we look for existing secret keys. In case, no secret key is found, the GPG Suite Setup Wizard will open, the first time Mail.app is started after installing GPG Suite.
The user is presented with a dropdown list of email addresses. Those are taken from existing mail accounts in Mail.app. This eradicates potential typos which could lead to broken setups. In case just a single mail account exists, no further action is required, since the correct mail address will be pre-selected.
Name and Password can be chosen at will, the password must match certain safety criteria to prevent weak passwords from being deployed.
2. Adress book search
In order to get started usign OpenPGP, the user needs to retrieve the public keys of their contacts. This can be a time consuming process and a long standing popular feature request was, to allow users to search for public keys using data from Contacts.app.
'Allow Access' will initiate the search for public keys. The wizard connects to the key servers using an encrypted connection. Since this process can take a few seconds for very large address books, the user sees an animation of the contacts that the lookup is currently done for. Once the lookup is done, the contacts slide away.
Once finished, the wizard shows all contacts for which a public key was found.
3. Conclusion and next steps
The final view summarizes the actions. It will reflect wether a key has been created or an axisting key was found. The user is also informed about the number of found keys, which where imported during the address book search.
A fance new feature allows the user to write their first encrypted and signed mail, by pressing a single button. Click 'Test Mail' and a new encrypted and signed mail to the users own email address is created. The body of that message includes detailed information about GPGMail usage - what buttons and indicators to look for when working with GPGMail.
Tell your friends is a great way of sharing the fact, that you have just joined the OpenPGP community. This openes a new mail that informs your friends about your new public key. Included are also OpenPGP implementations for the most common operating systems.
We've included a link to our forum, just in case any open questions remain.