GPGTools offers quick encryption options for OS X Mail

If you regularly send confidential information via e-mail and wish to make it as secure as possible, one option for OS X users is GPGTools, which provides encryption and decryption services for any of your e-mail accounts.

GPGTools is a free and open-source encryption project for OS X, based on OpenPGP, which gives OS X users quick access to options for signing and encrypting e-mail messages, as well as offering file-level services for encrypting documents and folders. The project has been around since 2011, but was recently updated to version 2, and supports a number of new features. The suite no longer becomes disabled when OS X is updated, it now works properly with exchange servers, it has new hot-key options for toggling signing and encrypting, and offers quick-switching between OpenPGP and S/MIME standards for providing digital signatures.

The GPGTools suite will give you encryption and signing controls for each message.

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Once installed, the program first launches the GPGTools keychain manager, where you set up key pairings for your e-mail addresses and those of recipients (the installer opens a help page in your browser to guide you… [Read more]


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