Encryption Fun for SAT on Peppermint Four @peppermintos

KGPG - http://www.kde.org/applications/utilities/kgpg/

"Miguel," shared a secretary, "We need to be able to get copies of SAT scores electronically but it requires PGP encryption. Can we do that?" The reason she was asking was because of this web page:
SAT Internet Score Delivery provides secure and easy transmission of SAT scoresto your institution. It is the fastest delivery method for receiving student records and eliminates the need for paper or CD-ROM delivery...With Internet Score Delivery, electronic score data:
  • Can be downloaded to any computer that has the appropriate security encryption software (PGP®)
One of the points that is made on the web page is:
  • If you don't already have the necessary PGP encryption software installed, you need to purchase it from Symantec Corporation for approximately $100 to $200...PGP encryption software version 2.6.2 or higher that can generate a 1024-byte RSA key—we recommend the desktop package that includes PGP Perpetual License with software insurance
Curious, huh? $100-$200 for the software. But if you have access to free open source tools, you can eliminate the cost. Consider the following information from Symantec:
The encryption solutions for email allow simple, seamless integration with partners' existing stadards-based email encryption solutions such as OpenPGP and S/MIME.
OpenPGP...that makes it easy to use free, open source tools like the following to get the job done:

  1. On Mac, GPGTools.
  2. On Windows, Gpg4win (includes a nice tutorial)
  3. On GNU/Linux, kgpg (my preference for a GUI enabled gpg)

Since I run Peppermint Four Linux OS on all my machines, I decided to install kgpg with the command:
sudo apt-get install kgpg
Approximately 289 megs later, I was ready to go. I created a private/public encryption key using my project email address, and that was it. I suspect that this key will work with the Collegeboard folks, but...I won't get a chance to try it due to the 28 day time limit (data get's purged after that).

Has anyone out there actually used OpenPGP in combination with Collegeboard SAT scores encrypted download?

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