Sane default settings¶
Add in $HOME/.gnupg/gpg.conf:
keyserver x-hkp://gpg.mozilla.org utf8-strings use-agent personal-digest-preferences SHA256 cert-digest-algo SHA256 default-preference-list SHA512 SHA384 SHA256 SHA224 AES256 AES192 AES CAST5 ZLIB BZIP2 ZIP Uncompressed
You are using a more privacy-aware keyserver (https, only the keyserver knows which keys you are retrieving).
Starts the agent (you probably had that).
Uses UTF-8 for display convenience.
Decent crypto settings as of this wonderful year of 2014.