Using PGP Desktop

Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) is a data encryption and decryption computer program that provides cryptographic privacy and authentication for data communication. PGP is often used for signing, encrypting and decrypting texts, e-mails, files, directories and whole disk partitions to increase the security of e-mail communications. PGP and similar products follow the OpenPGP standard (RFC 4880) for encrypting and decrypting data. For more information, see How PGP works.

EDI Exchange supports PGP encryption and works seamlessly with PGP Desktop and open source Gpg4Win applications.

PGP Desktop (Symantec’s encryption solutions) is a comprehensive suite of encryption applications which provides flexible, multi-layered encryption by bundling Drive Encryption to secure the files stored on local hard drives, and Desktop Email Encryption to secure confidential data in email. For more information, see PGP Desktop documentation.


PGP Desktop key features:

1. Hard drive encryption software locks down the entire contents of a laptop, desktop, external drive, or USB flash drive, including boot sectors, system, and swap files.
2. Enables encrypted email and secure AIM® Instant Messages.
3. Creates storage-independent encrypted containers for transport and sharing of specific files using included utilities; PGP Self-Decrypting Archive, PGP Virtual Disk, and PGP Zip.
4. Includes PGP Shredder which can completely destroy unwanted disk-based files and folders.
5. Drive Encryption can be centrally deployed and managed by Symantec Encryption Management Server.


PGP Desktop key benefits:

1. Secures email without burdening users, to improve compliance with policies and regulations without hindering productivity.
2. Allows users to easily and transparently share encrypted files and folders, improving data security without impacting user productivity.
3. Management by Encryption Management Server centralizes creation, deployment and management of data security policies and reporting.


PGP Desktop bundles the following products:

1. Drive Encryption. See System Requirements.
2. Desktop Email Encryption. See System Requirements.
3. Encryption Management Server. See System Requirements.

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