Governikus launches enhanced online service for OpenPGP key authentication

  • Online service for authenticating OpenPGP keys using online credentials
  • Simple and user-friendly operation
  • Free offer on behalf of the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI)

OpenPGP has already been a method for secure encryption of messages and files in e-mail communication for more than two decades. On behalf of the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), Governikus has been providing a web application for the authentication of OpenPGP keys for several years. The focus of the redesign of the website was on the UI/UX and a simpler usability. In an informative and service-oriented customer experience, users are now clearly informed about the functionality and advantages of digital authentication. In addition, the service has been reworked using the latest encryption algorithms. The service is available free of charge to all users of the online ID function.

Governikus developed the online service eight years ago and has since offered it for the free authentication of OpenPGP public keys using online credentials. Now, the BSI has commissioned Bremen-based IT security specialist Governikus to completely revamp the online service. "The service has been used continuously over the past few years - with an upward trend," said Governikus CEO Dr. Stephan Klein. "In the age of cybercrime, encryption mechanisms and secure identities are becoming equally important. For this reason, we are very pleased that we have now been able to completely revamp this service."

Visually, the new website impresses with a clear, clean structure, modern imagery, and catchy navigation. Step-by-step instructions with helpful links guide users quickly to the desired content and round off the virtual experience at


About the authentication of OpenPGP keys

The OpenPGP authentication service is used to sign OpenPGP keys using a public OpenPGP key from Governikus. In the process, ID card holders first authenticate themselves with the online ID card and then upload the public OpenPGP key. The online service compares the name specified in the key with the name from the ID card. If it matches, the OpenPGP key is signed and sent to the specified e-mail address.


Press contact

Governikus GmbH & Co. KG
Petra Waldmüller-Schantz
University Ring 4
28359 Bremen, Germany

Tel: +49 421 204 95-54

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