Monday, December 10, 2012

Encryption on the Mac


Encryption technologies are getting easier to use for regular folks, and I was thrilled to see GPGTools for Macintosh platform have gotten MUCH easier to use.
The GPGTools are a collection of open source tools for encryption on Mac OS X, gathered in an all-in-one-Installer solution. It installs/updates all related OpenPGP applications, plugins and dependencies. You can choose which components to install.
 Some of the main features and applications it works with include the following:

Key Generation and Access
  • Compatible with OS X Lion.
  • All applications are 64-bit compatible.
  • Integrated GPG Keychain Access (OS X 10.5 to 10.7, Universal).
  •  Integrated GPGServices (OS X 10.6 to 10.7).
  •  Integrated GPGPreferences (OS X 10.6 to 10.7).
  •  Integrated MacGPG 2 (OS X 10.5 to 10.7, Intel).
  • Integrated MacGPG 1 (OS X 10.5 to 10.7, Universal).

Email Client Support
  •  Integrated GPGMail (OS X 10.5 to 10.7, Universal).
  •  Integrated Enigmail (Thunderbird 3 to 8).
Some of the the actions I like to take include the following:

1) Encrypt files that hold confidential information
2) Encrypt text items that I'd like to copy-n-paste and store online in encrypted format.

To accomplish the first, I did the following:
  1. Installed GPG Keychain Access and MacGPG 2
  2. Generated a GPG secret and public key that I would be using for awhile.
  3. Right-clicked on the file I wanted to encrypt, went to services, and then chose to encrypt the file.
To accomplish the second item, you can use the built-in Mail app on Mac in combination with GPG to get email encryption done!

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