is adding a digital signature
to a text message
so it can be read without PGP decryption
. Clearsigning can not be used with binary
, only straight ASCII
text. The output, although readable to humans
, is not a text file
. The output is a signed
PGP file which happens to be readable with a text reader like Notepad
Why would someone use clearsigning? You can send an open message to someone (or a group), but the signature can be checked to authenticate the message.
C-Dawg had a few questions concerning why I was making a specific point that it is a PGP vice text file. When you check the file, you check the entire message. If you just check the signature, it will be valid yet may have a changed message. By using a clear-text readable PGP file, you can be sure that the whole item is verified.