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Editors' Review

by   / September 02, 2013

With its effortless operation and thorough setup, GPG Suite for Mac represents a solid solution for encrypting e-mail. Its ability to work with the Mac Mail application, seamlessly, is an advantage over other programs.

GPG Suite for Mac's wizard walks the user through the initial steps to set up encryption. Users must designate e-mail addresses and enter a passphrase for use. It's a small touch, but we liked that the program warns you if your passphrase is weak. While creating a new e-mail in the Mail application, the user sees additional icons for encrypting and signing the e-mail. Note that you can't encrypt a message until the recipient is added, but this doesn't reduce the program's functionality. GPG Suite for Mac allows you to export a key phrase pair, allowing someone on the other end to decrypt the message by entering it. From the setup menu, which is well designed, users can select buttons on the top for importing and exporting phrases, as well as creating new ones. The main part of the window displays a listing of created keys, along with the associated e-mail, date created, and a short identification code.

For those users who want a basic and easy way to encrypt e-mails, GPG Suite for Mac fits the bill and performs well.

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What's new in version 2018.5

Various improvements concerning the activation of GPG Mail Support Plan
Inline PGP signatures are verified again
Message from PGP Desktop or gpg4o were in some cases not decrypted [#1012]
Changes introduced by Apple in 10.14.1b3 to mitigate efail lead to crashes - reminder: if you rely on GPG Mail, please stay on the stable release channel of macOS [#1013]
Under certain conditions Mail could crash if a message was already being force fetched [#1014]
The button to "Load Remote Content" would sometimes disappear [#1016]


Publisher GPGTools
Publisher web site
Release Date October 23, 2018
Date Added April 15, 2019
Version 2018.5


Category Security Software
Subcategory Encryption Software

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Mac
Additional Requirements
  • macOS Mojave
  • macOS High Sierra
  • macOS Sierra

Download Information

File Size 25MB
File Name GPG_Suite-2018.5.dmg


Total Downloads 13,330
Downloads Last Week 4


License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day-trial
Price Free
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