Encrypting Documents with OpenPGP

LibreOffice can encrypt documents using OpenPGP public key cryptography. The document is encrypted using a symmetric encryption algorithm.

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Choose menu File - Save as, select Encrypt with GPG key, Click Save.


LibreOffice can encrypt documents confidentially using OpenPGP. The document is encrypted using a symmetric encryption algorithm, which requires a symmetric key. Each symmetric key is used only once and is also called a session key. The document and its session key are sent to the recipient. The session key must be sent to the recipients so they know how to decrypt the document, but to protect it during transmission it is encrypted with the recipient's public key. Only the private key belonging to the recipient can decrypt the session key.

LibreOffice uses the OpenPGP software installed in your computer. If no OpenPGP software is available you must download and install one suitable for your operating system, likely from your application store or software distribution channel.

Here are some external GPG applications known to work with LibreOffice:

You must define a personal pair of cryptography keys with the OpenPGP application. Refer to the OpenPGP software installed on how to create a pair of keys, it is usually the first step to execute after the software installation.

LibreOffice Encryption Setup

Siin saab määrata eelistatud avalikud võtmed OpenPGP-krüpteerimise ja -allkirjastamise jaoks. Need võtmed on krüpteerimis- või allkirjastamisvõtme valimise dialoogis edaspidi vaikimisi valitud, nii et kui kasutad allkirjastamiseks tihti üht kindlat võtit, ei pea seda iga kord käsitsi valima.

Choose menu – User Data. In the Cryptography area:

OpenPGP-allkirjastamisvõti

Vali ripploendist oma OpenPGP-võti, mida ODF-dokumentide allkirjastamiseks kasutada.

OpenPGP-krüpteerimisvõti

Vali ripploendist oma OpenPGP-võti, mida ODF-dokumentide krüpteerimiseks kasutada.

Dokumendid krĂĽpteeritakse alati iseendale

Selle ruudu märkimisel krüpteeritakse failid alati ka sinu avaliku võtmega, nii et saad neid oma privaatvõtmega avada.

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See säte tuleks hoida aktiivsena, kui soovid säilitada võimalust dekrüpteerida dokumente, mille oled ise teiste inimeste jaoks krüpteerinud.


Encrypting documents

OpenPGP encryption requires the use of the public key of the recipient and this key must be available in the OpenPGP key chain stored in your computer. To encrypt a document:

  1. Vali Fail - Salvesta kui,

  2. Enter a name for the file.

  3. Mark the Encrypt with GPG key checkbox.

  4. Click Save. LibreOffice opens the OpenPGP public key selection dialog.

  5. Choose the public key of the recipient. You can select multiple keys at the time.

  6. Click OK to close the dialog and save the file.

The file is saved encrypted with the selected public keys.

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Only the private key belonging to the recipient can decrypt the document, unless you also encrypt for yourself.


Decrypting documents

You can only decrypt documents that have been encrypted with your public key. To decrypt a document:

  1. Open the document. An Enter password prompt shows.

  2. Enter the password of the OpenPGP private key. The document is decrypted and the contents is available.

Difference between document encryption with OpenPGP and Save with password

Both commands address confidentiality, but in different ways.

When you save a document with a password, you must remember the password inserted to open the document later. Anyone else that needs to open the document must also know the password used at save time. Therefore, the Save password must be transmitted to be known by other users.

Files encrypted with the save password cannot be decrypted unless the save password is supplied.

With document OpenPGP encryption, you define the set of users that can decrypt the document and you don’t need to send passwords through channels which security is unknown. Besides, the OpenPGP application manages the key chain of public keys more efficiently.

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