PGP public keys, with their attached validation signatures, are distributed primarily via public keyservers and secondarily via the websites of the key owners.
Prior to attending, you print out the fingerprints of your own various keys, and of the people whose keys you plan to verify. In EnigMail you view the key properties to find the fingerprint. This is not secret. For example my fingerprint for is B452 0372 6F10 2713 4FF5 7AE1 945A 4DDA BC35 BEDB. With GnuPG, you can find out fingerprints with:
When we meet, we verify everyone’s fingerprints, making sure that your copy of my public key and my copy of your public key are both correct.
We show each other id to convince each other we are who we claim to be.
Once we return home with verified key signatures, we import the keys if we don’t already have them, the we sign each others’ verified keys
It’s discouraged to bring your own laptop, diskettes, CD (Compact Disc) s, flash drives etc. to a key signing, especially for a mass key-signing party, where they are generally forbidden. This is to ensure that there’s no shoulder-surfing or keylogging of pass phrases. All that’s required is our key fingerprints, which are cryptographically-sufficiently unique to verify the key.
Once keys are cross-signed, upload them to public key servers (with the attached endorsements), and upload any online copies you have on your website. That way anyone fetching your key will get the endorsements as well. You upload both your own public keys and the public keys of others you have signed. The web database will merge the endorsements from various sources.
Additionally, if you have multiple keys, cross-sign them with each other. That way, someone who has acquired a verified key for one of your email address automatically has verified copies of your other addresses.
You can then download your own public keys to get copies of the recent endorsements. See GnuPG for details on how you disseminate your public keys.
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