MacGPG2 for Mac

MacGPG2 for Mac

Average User Rating:
2.6
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Quick Specs

Version:
2.0.19
File Size:
4.63MB
Date Added:
June 26, 2013
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Mac OS X 10.5/Intel, Mac OS X 10.6/10.7/10.8
Total Downloads:
1,512
Downloads Last Week:
4
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  • 4 stars

    "Works fine for me, does what it says"

    February 15, 2011   |   By daveray654321

    Version: MacGPG2 2.0.17-9

    Pros

    The only free, open source encryption software available based on PGP. Easy to write an Applescript-based GUI. Much cheaper than the $100+ PGP package.

    Cons

    No GUI, but there never has been one. I wrote my own Applescript-based GUI which works well.

    Summary

    When it comes to protecting sensitive information, you don't want to mess around with new programs that pop up out of nowhere, with unknown history and integrity. GPG has been around for many years, is open source, and trusted all over the world. A GUI is only needed if you are encrypting and decrypting files, otherwise GPG provides all the needed Mail plugins and services. For file encryption it is unfortunate they do not provide a GUI, but it is not difficult to write your own Applescript based GUI, for example, by sending a shell command to the Terminal. The third-party program 'GPG Tools' from a few years ago will not run on Snow Leopard, that was a poor program anyway as it occasionally left open processes. GPG program does what it says and I've never had a problem. I feel these 1-star reviews are from misguided people who don't understand the value of free software and the ease of Applescript scripting.

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  • 1 stars

    "Give us a GUI for encrypting and decrypting."

    January 27, 2011   |   By throost

    Version: MacGPG2 2.0.17

    Pros

    GUI for key management

    Cons

    No GUI interface for encrypting and decrypting

    Summary

    You've supplied a GUI for key management. Why not include a similar GUI for managing encryption tasks?

    There used to be one by Tom Sutcliffe at http://www.tomsci.com/gpgtools/.

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  • 1 stars

    "Project In Chaos: Avoid For Now"

    January 07, 2011   |   By zunipus

    Version: GnuPG 2.0.14-RC2

    Pros

    None. But a nice idea that once worked.

    Cons

    Broken. Developer infighting. User abuse.

    Summary

    I was once quite a champion of GnuPG for Mac, put up with the massive geek factor and had it working perfectly. But these days GnuPG is broken on Mac OS X 10.6.x. Don't bother playing with it unless you're one of the developers, it's that nasty at the moment. I've attempted many times over the last full year to help the project, saw great hope last spring, only to have hope dashed this winter with a cacophony of developer infighting, endlessly frustrated would-be users, censored list posts, and chaos all round. I have never seen this before and hope I never do again. RUN AWAY from this software for now, until... (all join hands and pray) ...someone sane takes over the project and straightens out the bloody mess. Until then, I wish the project well.

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  • 1 stars

    "Malware like behavior! No uninstall?"

    December 19, 2010   |   By ilgaar

    Version: GnuPG 2.0.14-RC2

    Pros

    Nothing much, other than, having to download some other third party GUI apps, in order to make a GPG key to sign you emails, and you also have to download a plug in for Mail. Just forget about it, use S/Mime instead, get a certificate from Commode.

    Cons

    absolutely hard to uninstall, no GUI, no documentation or help file, team is splitting up from main project, no clear future for this app.

    Summary

    seriously, If you care about well being of your Mac don't install this junk, you will have a lot of headache after installation when you'll find out there is no easy way to get rid of it other than hacking into your system folders. its a lot easier to get an free email certificate online (S/Mime) something like Comoro, import it to keychain, Mail will support it automatically, and you will have the option to sign and encrypt your emails, when composing one.

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  • 1 stars

    "sucks"

    February 10, 2009   |   By plaintiger

    Version: GnuPG 1.4.8

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    i hate this crap that sits on versiontracker promising useful functionality and a GUI and turns out to be created for UNIX geeks. i've run two installers that have accomplished the following:

    1) they've put several incomprehensible and incompatible/error-producing pieces of software on my machine, and

    2) they've rendered Mail.app non-functional.

    nothing else appears to have been achieved; certainly nothing i can understand (and i'm a Mac power user with 20+ years experience).

    i'd like to uninstall the software; i hope i can figure out how to do so, but have not yet encountered the word "uninstall" in my perusal of the poorly-written and grossly incomplete documentation.

    evidently there just is no user-friendly email security for the Mac. tried CryptoHeaven, but that's its own ugly email client; i don't want an email client; i have an email client. i just want to secure the messages i send and receive with the client i already have.

    *sigh*

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  • 3 stars

    "Works well"

    April 23, 2006   |   By KugelKurt

    Version: GnuPG 1.4.3

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    I've had no problems so far with the updated release. Too bad the packagers take so long to produce an updated package. I've you want the latest bugfixes, you better compile updates yourself (Ease of Use will then decrease, of course).

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  • 1 stars

    "Did not work"

    November 05, 2005   |   By julianps_dotmac

    Version: GnuPG 1.4.1

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    I'm running 10.4.3 and this may be the issue of course.

    I installed 1.4.1 with the aid of the helpful visual guide and can see that all folder, etc were created correctly. Unfortunately evey associated application (Mail, Keychain, etc) sats that there are no Keys generated.

    The GPGKeychain utility can see v1.4.1 but it cannot write new keys into the keychain.

    Having run into the problem I am able to find a simple support resource/community tohelp resolve the issue. I cannot even uninstall it!!!!!!

    On that basis no wonder so few people use encrytion (and why there is so much spam). There's got to an easy (more productive/less geeky) solution.

    J

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  • 3 stars

    "Excellent free encryption capability"

    April 16, 2005   |   By Hangnail--2008

    Version: GnuPG 1.4.1

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Several compononents out there that support this engine for Apple's mail, thunderbird, and mozilla suite (enigmail). Keys are interoperable with commercial pgp. Several utilities for key management etc available so you don't have to live on the command line.

    Only real capability that is missing is a gnupg-disk type of set up like pgp-disk which creates a pgp encrypted disk image capability. Though this is not a limitation of the engine so it does't count against my review ;)

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  • 5 stars

    "Very cool"

    April 16, 2005   |   By KugelKurt

    Version: GnuPG 1.4.1

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    GPG + Thunderbird + Enigmail is propably the easiest and best way for secure mail communication.

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  • 5 stars

    "Works fine on Panther"

    December 30, 2003   |   By pvera

    Version: GnuPG 1.2.4

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Ti Book 867, 10.3.2 and Mail.app with the GPGMail bundle:

    Installing was fast and with no issues. Old encrypted mails are still readable and new encrypted emails work fine.

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