Nitrokey Start, Windows¶
- Install Gpg4win on your Computer.
- Connect your Nitrokey to your computer and confirm all dialogs so that the USB smart card device driver gets installed almost automatically.
::: note Windows may fail to install an additional device driver for the smart card. Its safe to ignore this warning. ::: 3. Use GnuPG to generate new keys or import existing ones.
12345678) and then the User PIN (default:
123456) to your own choices. - The PIN must consist of at least 14 characters (starting from RTM.8), can contain any character (not only numbers). Do not select only numbers. If your environment allows that, use emoticons or national characters. - The longer the PIN the better. It is possible to use 6 randomly selected words instead as well for the same or better security than random character string. - Use ‘gpg –card-edit’ -> ‘admin’ -> ‘passwd’ to achieve this (for Admin PIN case). - Please be careful to change Admin PIN first and User PIN second! Otherwise the admin-less mode got activated, see this instructions for further information. 5. KDF-DO allows for a shorter PIN of 8 characters minimum. Please use greater length for the increased security.
Firmware version 1.2.5 or below: In case you forget a PIN or enter it wrongly three times you need the reset code to unblock the PIN. Otherwise the device wouldn’t be usable anymore! Therefore pleaseset the reset codeas well when initialising the key!
Your Nitrokey is now ready to use. Checkout the various use cases and supported applications. ## Key Creation with OpenPGP or S/MIME There are two widely used standards for email encryption. While OpenPGP/GnuPG is popular among individuals, S/MIME/x.509 is mostly used by enterprises. If you are in doubt which one to choose, you should use OpenPGP.
- instructions for using the OpenPGP standard with the Nitrokey
- instructions for using S/MIME with the Nitrokey
Please note that the Nitrokey App can not be used for this device!