SEC file contains private keys saved in ASCII text. Such keys are used by PGP encryption solution for securing confidentiality and integrity of email data sent on the open, unsecured (or impossible to secure) channels.
Private key is saved using ASCII text. The key may also be saved in binary format. User can choose preferred format by passing an appropriate flag to key creation command.
Pretty Good Privacy uses public key system for encrypting email messages. Public key, as the name suggest, is and should be publicly available by designing. PGP algorithm is designed in such way that in order to decrypt a message encrypted with public key, a private key (of given public/private key pair) is needed. Key pair is generated automatically based, among others, on user’s email address and username. It is essential for this system to work properly that the private key be protected against unauthorized access – the SEC file must be therefore stored in a secure environment.
In simple terms, PGP solution can be compared to how the traditional mail box system works. Key to our mailbox is like our private key. Anyone can drop a letter into our mailbox slot, but since only we possess the key to the mailbox, no one else can take out the letter. This is the simplified analogy to how mechanism that PGP system is based on works. This also shows why public key should be public and private key protected (access to SEC file must be restricted).
Pretty Good Privacy solution is used for securing email messages from unauthorized user access. Encryption also guarantees that the message was not tampered with. PGP also offers and option to sign messages to authenticate the sender.
The following list contains programs grouped by 2 operating systems that support SEC files. Files with SEC suffix can be copied to any mobile device or system platform, but it may not be possible to open them properly on target system.
There can be multiple causes why you have problems with opening SEC files on given system. On the bright side, the most encountered issues pertaining to PGP Secret Key Ring files aren’t complex. In most cases they can be addressed swiftly and effectively without assistance from a specialist. The following is a list of guidelines that will help you identify and solve file-related problems.
Problems with opening and working with SEC files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with SEC files being present on your machine. To address this issue, go to the Pretty Good Privacy developer website, download the tool, and install it. It is that easy On the top of the page a list that contains all programs grouped based on operating systems supported can be found. The safest method of downloading Pretty Good Privacy installed is by going to developer’s website (Symantec Corporation) and downloading the software using provided links.
If the problems with opening SEC files still occur even after installing Pretty Good Privacy, it is possible that you have an outdated version of the software. Check the developer’s website whether a newer version of Pretty Good Privacy is available. Software developers may implement support for more modern file formats in updated versions of their products. This can be one of the causes why SEC files are not compatible with Pretty Good Privacy. The latest version of Pretty Good Privacy should support all file formats that where compatible with older versions of the software.
If the issue has not been solved in the previous step, you should associate SEC files with latest version of Pretty Good Privacy you have installed on your device. The process of associating file formats with default application may differ in details depending on platform, but the basic procedure is very similar.
The procedure to change the default program in Windows
The procedure to change the default program in Mac OS
Should the problem still occur after following steps 1-3, check if the SEC file is valid. Problems with opening the file may arise due to various reasons.
If the SEC is indeed infected, it is possible that the malware is blocking it from opening. It is advised to scan the system for viruses and malware as soon as possible or use an online antivirus scanner. If the scanner detected that the SEC file is unsafe, proceed as instructed by the antivirus program to neutralize the threat.
Did you receive the SEC file in question from a different person? Ask him/her to send it one more time. During the copy process of the file errors may occurred rendering the file incomplete or corrupted. This could be the source of encountered problems with the file. When downloading the file with SEC extension from the internet an error may occurred resulting in incomplete file. Try downloading the file again.
Sometimes in order to access files user need to have administrative privileges. Log in using an administrative account and see If this solves the problem.
The operating systems may note enough free resources to run the application that support SEC files. Close all running programs and try opening the SEC file.
Latest versions of programs and drivers may help you solve problems with PGP Secret Key Ring files and ensure security of your device and operating system. It may be the case that the SEC files work properly with updated software that addresses some system bugs.
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