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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
What's New
Version 8.1: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.
Requirements
PPC, Mac OS X 10.2.1 or later

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Ilsa reviewed on 10 May 2013
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.
[Version 8.1]


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Richard Dick Peters III reviewed on 25 Jul 2012
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.
[Version 8.1]

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Richard Dick Peters III replied on 25 Jul 2012
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 reviewed on 30 Jun 2005
Seems to have vanished in favor of a 30 day trial of PHP 9.0 Home which costs $99.

No thanks.
[Version 8.1]

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Pirx commented on 24 Nov 2007
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
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reverb reviewed on 20 Jun 2005
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.
[Version 8.1]

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reverb replied on 20 Jun 2005
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 reviewed on 19 Jun 2004
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.
[Version 8.1]


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Anonymous reviewed on 18 Jun 2004
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.
[Version 8.1]

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Anonymous commented on 18 Jun 2004
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 commented on 18 Jun 2004
"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.
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Anonymous reviewed on 18 Jun 2004
http://www.pgp.com/products/sourcecode.html

Is where you get the sourcecode.
[Version 8.1]


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Anonymous reviewed on 27 Oct 2003
Which developers page? they have source code thats downloadable, the SDK is not, the freeware is
[Version 8.0.3]


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Anonymous reviewed on 25 Oct 2003
http://security.resist.ca/crypt.shtml

This site rates the security level of MD5 and RSA as "high" and "military grade". Both is simply not true.

And to those who think PGP is secure:

Do you really believe, that the U.S. government, allows terrorists to communicate securely via PGP?

Some papers:
http://www.schneier.com/papers.html
[Version 8.0.3]


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Anonymous reviewed on 24 Oct 2003
Ignore Target Inc.'s comment. Go out and do some research and you will learn that PGP is very good strong encryption that when used properly can be very difficult if not impossible to defeat, even for the NSA.

Again, asuming that you use good passphrases and do you homework. This site has some good info for those concerned.
http://security.resist.ca/crypt.shtml
[Version 8.0.3]


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Version Downloads:13,769
Type:Utilities : Security
License:Free
Date:18 Jun 2004
Platform:PPC 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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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 Apple's new operating system. PGPFreeware 8.0 for Mac OS X offers numerous evolutionary improvements as well as the following new features:
  • Full support for Mac OS X 10.2 (If you require Mac OS 9 support, you should obtain PGPFreeware 7.0.3. If you have Mac OS X 10.0 or 10.1, you need to upgrade to 10.2.1 or later)
  • Significantly expanded Unicode support
  • PGP encryption and digital signature features are accessible as a Mac OS X service from Cocoa applications and Carbon applications that support services
  • PGP features are also accessible from the PGP's Dock menu, providing a second ubiquitous method for accessing PGP


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