Open a plain text file, protect it with a passphrase and save as a GPG file

We are going to open a plain text file, protect it with a passphrase and save as a GPG file.

Open a plain text file

1. Click the Open File tool button

Open File tool button

2. Select Plain Text file type and click Save button

Plain Text file type

3. The plain text file opened

Text file opened

Now EncryptPad is in unprotected plain text mode. It works as an ordinary text editor.

Unprotected mode

Protect with a passphrase and save as a GPG file

4. Click the Save As tool button.

Save As tool button

5. Select GnuPG file type and click Save button

Save As dialogue

Please note that the file name has changed to “war and peace.gpg” in the Save As dialogue.

6. You will be asked to enter a passphrase twice. Enter DemoPwd for this example and click OK.

Set passphrase

7. Now the file has been saved on the disk and it is encrypted with our passphrase. See the file extension and the status on the picture below.

GPG file saved

The GPG file on disk

It is an Open PGP file. You can send it to someone who does not have EncryptPad. It is easily decrypted with Gpg4Win for example.

Kleopatra decrypted our file

GPG packet –list-packets command output:

gpg --list-packets "war and peace.gpg"

:symkey enc packet: version 4, cipher 9, s2k 3, hash 8
salt 9cd701f1d2e0aca8, count 65536 (96)
gpg: AES256 encrypted data
:encrypted data packet:
length: 1201175
mdc_method: 2
gpg: encrypted with 1 passphrase
:compressed packet: algo=2
:literal data packet:
mode t (74), created 0, name="CONSOLE",
raw data: unknown length

Update the file

If you modify the text now and click Save tool button, EncryptPad will not ask you to enter the passphrase again because it stores several salted hashes of your passphrase.

Open another plain text file

If you try to open a plain text file now, it will fail with the following message:

Cannot open plain text

EncryptPad “thinks” that the file is encrypted with a passphrase because its mode is “passphrase protected” as you can see in the status bar. It tried to decrypt the plain text and failed. To proceed with opening the file, clear passphrase protection by clicking the Clear passphrase tool button or even better click Close and Reset. The latter will close the text file and reset both parts of the protection.

Clear passphrase or Close and Reset

Now you can open your plain text file.