GPGMail for Mac

GPGMail for Mac

Average User Rating:
4.6
out of 23 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.0b6
  • Total Downloads:
    2,205
  • Date Added:
    June 26, 2013
  • File Size:
    3.84MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    5
  • Operating Systems:
    Mac OS X 10.7/10.8

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4 stars

"Review of GPGMail v2.0b6"

May 20, 2013  |  By zunipus

 |  Version: GPGMail 2.0a30

Pros

1) Digital signing of your email with a verifiable signature through the use of shared public keys.

2) Unbreakable encryption of any email, as long as the email receiver also has a public encryption key.

This is a free and critical method of ensuring your US 4th Amendment constitutional rights on the Internet.

Cons

It's geek ware, meaning that it is difficult to setup and use by an average Mac user. Changes in OS X will also break the compatibility of GPGTools, especially GPGMail. When these OS X compatibility breaks occur, it can take a lot of time for the open source project to provide workarounds and update.

Summary

Gnu Privacy Guard remains geek ware, meaning that it is difficult to set up and use by an average Mac user. The learning curve for new users can be extremely steep with a lot of questions asked along the way. However, patience provides rich rewards because GPG lets you:

1) Digitally sign your email with a verified public key. This let's receivers verify that you, and only you, have sent them an email. This can be extremely important.

2) Use unbreakable encryption on any file and any email. You can even use overkill encryption if you wish to be especially careful. With in already incredible amount of cybercrime and cyber-espionage on the Internet, this can be profoundly important.

If you use the email features, keep in mind that encrypting email on your end requires the use of a source email address associated with your GPG key AS WELL AS a receiving email that ALSO has its own publicly available key. Otherwise, no encryption is allowed. However, digital signing is always available.

I have so far tested the current versions of GPGTools and GPGMail with OS X 10.7.5 and had total success. The new version of GPGMail provides support for OS X 10.8. I will be testing these current versions with 10.8.3 and 10.8.4 beta. If there are issues with either, I will post here in another message.

Installing GPGTools/GPGMail is extremely easy. The hard part begins when you have to create your first key, upload your public key to the public server, and begin to use its features. Never be stymied by the learning curve. All of the features work. It simply takes patience and time to figure them out and gain enough experience to be comfortable with them. Excellent documentation is now available. You'll find links to the docs at the end of the installation process. Read them carefully through, then use them step-by-step to get yourself going.

The effort put into creating GPGTools and keeping them compatible with ever changing OS X is slow and painstaking. Please appreciate these efforts by putting GPG to work for you and by donating to the open source project. GPG is entirely free for all Mac users and it works beautifully once you understand the geeky details involved. Thank you to everyone who contributes to this terrific and critical project!

If you are a USA citizen and need a reminder of what GPG is for, here is the 4th Amendment of the US Constitution:

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

Here is what Benjamin Franklin had to say about liberty and safety::

"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."

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5 stars

"Working Great Again"

February 23, 2011  |  By zunipus

 |  Version: GPGMail 1.3.1

Pros

GPG provides free and Open Source equivalent of PGP encryption and services on the Mac OS X platform. Recent bugs have been overcome, restoring it to vigor once again.

Cons

There is a steep learning curve to understand and properly use Gnu Privacy Guard (GPG).

Summary

The GPG project needs developers! It also needs donations!

I have to thank those on the GPG Mac teams for responding to the need for updates to all the GPG tools. The result is a return to full functionality. I have it working beautifully.

There is an overall package of GPGTools of which the GPGMail mail bundle is but one component. I recommend the entire package. It contains version 1.3.2rc2 of GPGMail, a beta update beyond version 1.3.1. Here is where you can read about GPGTools and download it:

http://www.gpgtools.org/

This site has an excellent introduction to cryptography and digital signatures. It explains why it is CRITICAL for the modern world of computing. If you are serious about computer security this is well worth reading and thoroughly understanding.

What remains confusing is that there are two branches, v1.x and v2.x, in the MacGPG project. Theoretically, the two branches can both be installed and run together without conflicts. However, my problems late in 2010 were directly attributable to the two branches NOT being compatible at that time. Therefore, I STRONGLY suggest picking one or the other and ONLY using that branch on into the future, despite arguments to the contrary. If I had followed this advice I'd have saved myself months of suffering.

Personally, I am sticking with the current v1.x version 1.4.11 and not installing the v2.x branch, which was previously the source of bugs. I have installed 1.4.11 via MacTools and have it running great with all the other GPG tools.

The complete current version of GPGTools includes:
- GPG Keychain Access (for creating, sharing and storing keys)
- MacGPG2 (the underlying process for Gnu Privacy Guard)
- GPGMail (which works with Apple Mail)
- GPGServices (sign, verify and key sharing via the Services menu)
- GPGPreferences (a System Preferences pane)
- EnigMail (which works with Mozilla eMail, i.e. Thunderbird)

Get the entire package, learn and use it. It's stupendous stuff and well worth supporting, back in action all thanks to some very dedicated recent work.

Updated on Feb 23, 2011

CORRECTION: I have installed MacGPG via *MacPorts*.

You can read about and download MacPorts at:

http://www.macports.org/

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1 stars

"worse than useless"

February 10, 2009  |  By plaintiger

 |  Version: GPGMail 1.2

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.

i have installed this software under 10.5.6 and it has done nothing but produce errors and render mail.app non-functional. fantastic. thanks a lot.

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5 stars

"Excellent GPG Plugin for Mail"

January 03, 2009  |  By tknpss

 |  Version: GPGMail 1.2

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
I am using this new version with Mail Version 3.5 (930.3) (Leopard 10.5.6), and its behavior is excellent.


Thank you.

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5 stars

"The best GPG plugin"

April 23, 2006  |  By ingenue

 |  Version: GPGMail 1.1.2

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
This is the best GPG plugin for a mail program. It's easy to use, and can do all the crypto stuff noiseless.

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5 stars

"Does the job"

December 15, 2003  |  By Dr. Zhivago

 |  Version: GPGMail 1.0.1

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
Once you get MacGPG and it's configuration utilities installed, GPGMail is very easy to use. Surpisingly, it seems to be better than OS X's built-in encryption/signing method in almost every manner, from ease-of-use to actual security.

Great app.

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5 stars

"Encrypted e-mail for the rest of us."

October 27, 2003  |  By Hiram

 |  Version: GPGMail 1.0

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
This add-on for Mail.app is invaluable. Mail is supposed to have built-in support for encryption, but the help files are no help: it's unclear how encryption features can be activated. GPGMail comes to the rescue, with functionality at an even higher level than with its pre-Pather releases. I still have to find a way to save decrypted messages in their decrypted state, so indexing them will work, but that's a minor issue. And the arrow widget used to show and collapse signature information looks a bit like a placeholder for an actual widget, but that's the only gripe I have with this wonderful utility.

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5 stars

"no problems"

October 26, 2003  |  By Ulf C.

 |  Version: GPGMail 1.0

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
GPG Mail 1.0 for Panther works great. The mail.app implementation hast become much better than before and it became nicer than the old version. The only thing I'm missing is a md5 checksum for the files of GPGMail. The should publish one on their website.

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5 stars

"Awesome!"

October 25, 2003  |  By sebastian

 |  Version: GPGMail 1.0

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
For 24 hours (since installing Panther), my biggest worry was when this would be updated. -- No kidding.
Works like a charme and the integration with Mail is very pleasing.

This is an absolute must-have. -- 10 Stars!

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5 stars

"Check your Version"

October 25, 2003  |  By cbreak

 |  Version: GPGMail 1.0

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
There are two different Versions, one for Panther, one for Jaguar...
Once I found the Jaguar Bundle, all works as expected. The new Look is much better, decryption still works. This Software is a necessary Tool for all Mail.app Users.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.0b6
  • Full support for OS X Mountain Lion.
  • Added Sparkle update support on Mountain Lion
  • Proper error handling of encryption or signing failures.
  • Defaults, gpg.conf and gpg-agent.conf are now parsed again on Mountain Lion
  • Support seamless switching between S/MIME and OpenPGP
  • Support for groups in gpg.conf
  • Create list preview snippets.
  • Support the selection of the secret key to use if more than one exists for the same address
  • Display hints why encryption or signing might not be possible
  • User choice for encrypt/sign status always sticks now.
  • Better installation handling.
  • Added all UUIDs since 10.7.0.
  • FlippedView error message is no longer shown in Console.
  • Version string is no longer cut off in the GPGMail preference pane.
  • The signature view now shows the creation date of the signature.
  • Checksum: f9384b9e941684daae71184e6141e00c5c9549cd (SHA-1)
General
Publisher GPGTools
Publisher web site http://gpgtools.org
Release Date May 20, 2013
Date Added June 26, 2013
Version 2.0b6
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Privacy Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.8, Mac OS X 10.7, Macintosh
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 3.84MB
File Name GPGMail-2.0b6.dmg
Popularity
Total Downloads 2,205
Downloads Last Week 5
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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