PGP Desktop provides individuals a simple, easy-to-use desktop encryption solution to automatically protect confidential communications and digitally stored information with an integrated solution based on strong, broadly accepted security technology. PGP Desktop incorporates PGP Universal technology to provide automatic encryption, decryption, digital signatures, verification, and recipient key lookup, making it appropriate for both novice and power users. PGP Desktop secures private email, selected files, and AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) and iChat traffic. Includes a plug-in for Mail.app, Unicode support, S/MIME interoperability, PGP Global Directory integration, significantly improved compression, and cross-platform compatibility with Windows.
What is new in this release:
- Improvements have been made to annotations. In a PGP Universal Server-managed environment, your administrator can now specify where the email annotation will be, such as end of message rather than wrapped around the message.
- You can now protect sent message copies for IMAP accounts (available for standalone installations only) to provide additional security so you can protect sensitive emails that you have sent using your IMAP account. Choose to Encrypt, Encrypt and Sign, or Sign Only messages as they are copied to your IMAP Sent Items mailbox.
- In a managed environment, your PGP Universal Server administrator can set policy to enable you to decide if you want to perform signature verification on email messages. If enabled, a new button and/or menu option appears in your Microsoft Outlook or Lotus Notes email client. The button or option will be in the default state set by your administrator but you can choose to override this setting.
- In a managed environment, your PGP Universal Server administrator may have specified certain PGP Notifier settings (for example, whether notifications are to be displayed or the location of the notifier).
- X.509 certificates included in an S/MIME email message sent to you can now be imported to your key ring. The same settings you have specified when public keys are found apply to these certificates. If specified, PGP Desktop extracts and then imports the X.509 certificate to your keyring. If you want to encrypt email using imported certificates, be sure to manually sign the certificate.
- In a managed environment, your PGP Universal Server administrator may have specified a setting so that additional information is included in the Non-Delivery Receipt when a message is blocked. If PGP Desktop is unable to find a key for one or more of the recipients in a group list, the email addresses are listed in the Error Details of the Non-Delivery Receipt.
- A link for More Info is now available on the PGP Portable dialog box displayed when you access data on the device. Your browser launches and the PGP Corporation Support site page is displayed.
- You can now view available disk space and total size of the PGP Portable Disk once the disk has been mounted. When you move your cursor over the dock item for a few seconds, the PGP Notifier message appears and displays the mount status of the PGP Portable Disk as well as the updated disk space information.
- AES-128 and AES-256 cipher algorithm for PGP Desktop for Mac OS X have been enhanced to improve performance of encryption and decryption times as well as disk access times for encrypted disks.
- Enhancement to force the encryption of boot drives, by policy. This includes forcing encryption if policy changed (for example, you previously did not have to encrypt boot drives, and your administrator modified policy to require encryption).