PGP Encryption FAQ

PGP Encryption FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions:

Who Uses PGP Encryption?

Many businesses and individuals make use of PGP encryption, including companies in the public and private sectors, governmental bodies and educational institutions. PGP encryption complements BlackBerry use and is considered a viable solution for sending private and confidential messages and content.

Why is BlackBerry PGP Needed?

People usually think that the emails they transmit on their BlackBerry will not require encryption. After all, they are not in the habit of sending sensitive information over the virtual pipeline. However, just because you have nothing to hide does not mean you might not lose some data you don’t want to forfeit.

A Standard e-mail on a BlackBerry or any other cellular device is an extremely insecure transmission of information. Without an additional layer of security, a third party can intercept an email message without the knowledge of either the recipient or sender. File attachments can also be easily retrieved and viewed at the same time.

Mail sent by snail mail is sent in envelopes to prevent any intrusion. In the same way, the email on a BlackBerry should also be secured. By using PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) encryption (a top encryption software today), any emails that are sent can be protected from prying eyes.

How Blackberry PGP Works?

With the use of PGP, users of BlackBerry devices are able to send emails that are encrypted, or correspondence and attachments that are only meant for the recipient. Technically, PGP, which stands for “Pretty Good Privacy,” is a software designed to prevent e-mail messages from being read or decrypted. While an email message can still be intercepted, it is useless to do so as the messaged content is unreadable.

Therefore, a PGP encrypted email can only be read or decrypted by the receiver. By the use of PGP, BlackBerry users are also able to verify their identity when transmitting secured messages. In turn, the recipient can confirm that the sent message did not originate from an imposter. This type of security is known as digital signing.

How It all Began?

PGP, which was invented in 1991, has been considered the de facto standard among email encryption software as it protects both business and personal communications. PGP, which has been upgraded through the years to improve its use, is well-supported on a BlackBerry device.

By including PGP encryption, the security of sending an e-mail is doubly enhanced as long as each user employs the technology. Your email correspondence should be private. Therefore, we at the Wireless Warehouse are committed to providing customers with the latest in PGP encryption for BlackBerrys.

Wireless Warehouse implements the use of PGP for BlackBerrys by enforcing and utilizing the highest in quality and format. Servers used for the Wireless Warehouse PGP service are designed to prevent unauthorized access and mitigate issues with corruption.

That’s because the PGP software for BlackBerrys uses a modified type of public key system for encryption. Each BlackBerry user holds a private encryption key, which is only known by them. and a public encryption key – the key that is needed by others to communicate privately.

Why PGP for BlackBerry is a Strong and Viable Security Solution?

Like any encryption method, the strength of the algorithm is only as resilient as the computational power being used. As technologies advance in this area, the algorithms for PGP are also improved. Over time, then, PGP has proven to be the securest and most reliable means for encrypting email messages.

How The Keys Are Used?

The public and privately referenced keys work in collaboration in the following way –

  • The sender types and email message and sends it.
  • The message is compressed.
  • PGP develops a one-time Session Key that is employed to encrypt the compressed email correspondence on a sender’s BlackBerry. The Session Key is needed to decrypt the message.
  • The Session Key, in turn, is encrypted with the recipient’s public key, which is directly tied to the BlackBerry of the recipient. Therefore, decryption can only be executed by using the private key of the recipient.
  • The encrypted email as well as the encrypted Session Key are delivered to the recipient.

If the message is intercepted at this juncture, it cannot be read because the email and Session Key have been encrypted and therefore can only be decrypted by using the private key of the recipient.

After the recipient receives the email, PGP immediately decrypts the Session Key with the private key of the recipient. (Only the recipient holds the private key). Wireless Warehouse is not privy to this information. The key is linked to one device, such as a BlackBerry. Therefore, no other device or person can decrypt the Session Key.

  • PGP uses the Session Key to decrypt the email message and decompress the content.
  • The recipient reads the email.

What should I do if I lose my BlackBerry or wipe my device?

If PGP is implemented, your information is entirely secure. That means no one is able to access your email messages or contacts. No one can use your phone or identify the identify of owner of the phone. In the event you wipe your device or lose it, you need to immediately contact us here at the Wireless Warehouse. We can help you by providing you with a device so you can continue to communicate.

Why do I need to encrypt my email?

Whether you wish to secure data, avoid a security breach or need to meet governmental compliance, PGP helps secure your email transmissions. Encryption is the “envelope” that keeps people from reading your correspondence.

What is the definition of a Public Key?

When you send encrypted emails, your device automatically downloads the email receiver’s public key from their company’s universal server. The public key is used for encryption so that the message can only be decrypted by the receiver’s private key.

What is the definition of a Private Key? 

A private key is your own personal key, used to decrypt private email transmissions. No one can access your private key except you.

Can I access my email with another device besides a BlackBerry?

No you cannot. The only way you can decrypt your email is solely with your private key on your BlackBerry device. Since Wireless Warehouse cannot store a duplicate private key, you can only decrypt messages on your BlackBerry.

How dependable are your services?

Wireless Warehouse has invested in a state-of-the-art infrastructure to ensure that customers receive 100% uptime for their wireless services. Our network and infrastructure guarantee that your technology will perform as we promise. Services are backed by a one-year warranty.

Is Encryption or PGP easy to establish?

Yes, set-up is easy and fast. We also supply live support or documentation for using an encryption or PGP upgrade.

Is Your Current BlackBerry Secure?

One of the great things about PGP security software is that it lends that additional layer of security to the BlackBerry, which also follows its own standards in securing transmissions. High-profile company data leaks have caused specialists in the IT field to underscore the need for Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM).

Consumers, in the interim, want to have the flexibility to download apps, connect with social networks and interact with customers or friends anytime and anywhere. All these forms of communication need to be supported by security technologies.

When the BlackBerry is supported by PGP software, the technology is able to pass all the tests that makes security so important. After all, the defender needs to protect each of the entry parts while an attacker only needs to find one vulnerability.

Plus, security with a BlackBerry is about economics. No system or device is considered impenetrable, even a BlackBerry. So, PGP security needs to be employed. The money spent on PGP is aligned with the value of what you need to protect.

Security also needs a strong foundation. That is why PGP is the foundation you need. The be effective, the security for your device needs to be incorporated from the very beginning. Therefore, a security software, such as PGP, is not a mere enhancement, it is a basic and important part of the BlackBerry device.

You cannot build a fully secure product overnight nor can you compromise on your device’s security. That is why BlackBerry features hardware and software amenities that provide an end-to-end layered defense. This is doubly true if PGP is employed. BlackBerry, itself, verifies the authenticity of its OS and software every single time the brand boots up a device. By using PGP, data is encrypted and secured on your BlackBerry across a reliable network – a network that won’t fail you when you transmit messages.

While Wireless Warehouse, first and foremost, encourages the use of PGP, it also stands behind software that secures instant messaging and protects users against mobile malware attacks. BlackBerry continually invests heavily in developing new security technologies and therefore constantly monitors and fortifies security of their products. Using PGP enables you to use your BlackBerry with even more confidence.