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Comment by responsible729
about PGP Desktop · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

Having bought a Whole Disk Encryption licence I was led to download PGP Desktop. The installation wizard walked me through creating public & private keys for one or more e-mail addresses and then publishing the public key to their global directory. I also had to come up with a passphrase.

It turned out all that was not even necessary for WDE. Once I got around to encrypting my Snow Leopard startup disc I had to create a new passphrase. It took a few hours to encrypt 400+GB in the background.

Now my boot time has doubled (not a big deal since I've got an SSD), but after that I have not noticed any impact on performance and the system behaves as if PGP never encrypted the drive. Time Machine works, though the TM drive needs separate encryption. You'll have to wait for the next version of SuperDuper, but CarbonCopyCloner reportedly works. Apparently you have to decrypt the drive before applying any major Software Updates, but on the forums people recommend to do it for ALL updates.

The hassle comes with the Messaging feature, which leads a zombie existence. It just sits there and complains every time connects to servers and offers to secure e-mail accounts. It does not remember when I ask it not to bother me about certain connections and accounts. PGP support then tells me it shouldn't work because I didn't by the license for it, but it DOES work, just with the management interface disabled.

There are other features that are not supported that look like they work.


I'd recommend using TrueCrypt, TrueCrypt does impact your BootTime, and CPU usage but is very good encryption settings. 100% freeware, open source.

If you're looking just to encrypt one single directory, then TrueCrypt is what you're looking for.

You may look into Hushmail, but I wouldn't recommend. Hushmail complies with near all governments, so it isn't really safe.