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5 stars

"Old - but still works good (please read)"

April 17, 2016  |  By erikhzzz

2016-04-17 20:35:16  |  By erikhzzz

 |  Version: PGPfreeware 6.5.8


This old application still runs good today in Windows 7. The core functionality - creating/managing encryption keys and encrypting/decrypting text - still works good. But the networking security components and e-mail application plugins should not be installed (they won't be compatible and will probably crash).


PGP was bought out by Symantec. PGP Freeware is no longer supported (it's pretty much abandonware at this point). Compatibility with future operating systems is uncertain.


The program gives an error about the memory locking driver not working. Well, of course - it's designed for Windows 95/98/2000 ! This is not a big deal - and it doesn't break the program. Nor does it make it unsecure to use (it's really just an unnecessary layer of security that meant something years ago). The core functionality of this program still works good.

If you need a good, proven way to securely encrypt/decrypt messages, this is still a great tool to do it. You can digitally sign messages as well.

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2 stars

"I'll tell you why everyone dosent use it."

April 26, 2013  |  By dualj

2013-04-26 09:22:44  |  By dualj

 |  Version: PGPfreeware 6.5.8


Its free for older OS.


You will probably get this error: "PGP memory locking facility is not functioning correctly". Meaning yes there is a security hole in your freshly downloaded security program.

Symantec bought up the rights so they own a monopoly on this sort of program. Oh and they think they are throwing us a bone by keeping this one free but they don't support the free version.


You are screwed. Be prepared to pay for this sort of program.

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What's new in version 6.5.8
This release corrects a security-related bug with Additional Decryption Keys (ADKs) that may allow sophisticated attackers to add unauthorized ADK key IDs to the unhashed areas of PGP public keys. New features include PGPnet to secure all TCP/IP communications between the local machine and any other machine running PGPnet. You can also encrypt files or folders into Self-Decrypting Archives (SDAs) that are usable for those without PGP, and do much more.
Publisher PGP
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Release Date August 28, 2000
Date Added August 28, 2000
Version 6.5.8
Category Security Software
Subcategory Privacy Software
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Operating Systems Windows 95/98/NT/2000
Additional Requirements None
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File Size 7.54MB
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Total Downloads 441,461
Downloads Last Week 4
License Model Free
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Price Free

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