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PGPFreeware... PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) is a powerful encryption tool for use with e-mail programs, as well as for encrypting files locally. Using PGP, you can ensure that no unintended recipient reads your e-mail messages. Users create two different keys--a private and a public key--to ensure that email is always from a valid sender, and that the recipient is the valid recipient. Interoperable with PGP 7.x and older, and with GnuPG and other OpenPGP-compliant software.Building on top of the solid PGP technology base, PGPFreeware 8.0 for Mac OS X features a completely new Cocoa-based user interface to take maximum advantage of more...

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Version 8.1: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

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Mac OS X 10.2.1 or later

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Ilsa Member IconReview+4
Ilsa
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Points to an expensive symantec product. No free product. Heck, even if it WAS still free, I wouldn't touch it. Symantec is where software goes to die.

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Version 8.1
Richard Dick Peters III Member IconReview+9
Richard Dick Peters III
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Bogus download link, it just takes you to the Norton website.

Always good to be mislead, and by a large company no less. I guess I'll have to find this software somewhere else, through other means. I think Mac Update should take this page down and ban the developer for misleading customers.

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Version 8.1
Richard Dick Peters III
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Ooops, I said Norton, but I meant Symantec. Which makes it I know, but I don't care. It's still misleading to me when I go and expect to download an app, and I get directed to basically an advertisement in the form of their page. If I click "Download", the app should download! Misleading and as I said, Mac Update shouldn't allow this to go on, and should ban the developer, in this case Symantec.

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Anonymous
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Seems to have vanished in favor of a 30 day trial of PHP 9.0 Home which costs $99.

No thanks.

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Version 8.1
Pirx
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It seems after the PGP Desktop trial period expires, it is supposedly falling back to previous PGP 8.1 freeware functionality. See here for details:

http://www.pgp.com/downloads/desktoptrial2.php

reverb Member IconReview+3
reverb
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Does what it's supposed to do. Good interface. The AppleScript integration is simple but very nice. PGP still works perfectly for me under 10.4.1. Best of all, it's free.

However it isn't as user friendly as it could be. PGP will probably frustrate anyone who doesn't like to read documentation. Definitely not for the non-technical user.

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Version 8.1
reverb
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Corrections to my review:
- I just noticed the Wipe function is broken for me under 10.4. It worked fine in 10.3.
- I meant to rate Ease of Use as 3, not 5.

Not that it matters. Looks like this variant of PGP isn't even available now. Instead you have to use the trial version, and it becomes crippled freeware after 30 days.

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Anonymous
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Just use GnuPG . It is the open source implementation of PGP, a little more secure, open source and already integrates great with Mac OSX. I use it and the GPG Mail bundle and take advantage of public key encryption all the time. Much better product in my opininon as well and plenty of people have coded extensions to use it in the OSX environment.

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Version 8.1
Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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i don't like the setup of pgp... having to store key files for use to unlock all of your encrypted files is dangerous. I lost some keys in a transition/crash and now I have encrypted files (that I know the password to) which I can't decode because I don't have the original key files! If you're paranoid, use PGP, otherwise, use less complex, non-paired security system.

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Version 8.1
Anonymous Member Icon
Anonymous
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if you lose the keys to a lock on your house or whatever, you can drill the lock... pgp isn't so simple. You're basically screwed if you lose your keys, right? If someone knows better, please post a how-to.

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Anonymous
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"lost some keys in a transition/crash"...

Three things to know:
1) Backup
2) Backup
3) Backup

if you'd have kept a backup of your keys as you should have, say, on a CD then you'd have no issue.

User error has ultimately been the culprit if you "lost" some keys.

Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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http://www.pgp.com/products/sourcecode.html

Is where you get the sourcecode.

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Version 8.1
Durer Member IconReview+0
Durer
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is ti the thing that I have to manually enter each trusted email address and create the separate "phrase" for it which I shouldnt "write down" but remember??

hmm, I dwnloaded it and to tell you truth it's kinda difficult to me to grasp the concept. >>like encrypting with some keys and sending it to some servers and making users as recipients and who gets email??? I encrypted file and if I email how the other person openes it?

is there a simple explanation somewhere without technical jambo.

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Version 8.0.3
Not Me
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Yeah that is easy! Read the docs that come with PGP!

Anonymous Member Icon
Anonymous
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PGP works on a public/private key system.

I send you a message that I encrypt with your public key. This message can ONLY be decrypted by your private key. Thus, it is secure.

Public keys CANNOT be used to generate private keys. i.e. giving away your public keys does not compromise your private key. This works using an algorithm called a one-way hash, which I don't fully understand ;)

eveh gotosimi Member IconComment+0
eveh gotosimi
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PGP 8.03 freeware does NOT contain the mail.app plugin, as the description suggests. Only the paid versions have that plugin.

For those who commented on local security (hard drive based) - you might find Panther a better choice, as it's built in the OS. However, PGP has alway been a great choice for the rest of us who wish to exchange messages and files securely.

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Version 8.0.3
Anonymous Member Icon
Anonymous
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You can use GPG and get a free Mail.app plugin... very free and compatible.

Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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Which developers page? they have source code thats downloadable, the SDK is not, the freeware is

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Version 8.0.3
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Downloads 28,028
Version Downloads 13,790
License Free
Date 18 Jun 2004
Platform OS X / PPC 32
Price Free