Application: Gnu Privacy Assistant
Category: Utilities ( Security / Encryption )
Description: GPA Portable is the GNU Privacy Assistant key management tool. This is an alternative to the WinPT key management tool. Compare it to WinPT Portable posted elsewhere.
Download Link: (right click won't work). || MD5: fd14aa4dfaef6cd2d7f197006e3e76f8 || 2008-03-27 11:31 EDT.
- Please test whether it works with WinPT Portable and Thunderbird Portable.
- One advantage of this package is that it doesn't use a notification tray icon, so it will run when the Notification tray is absent.
- For now, please put your GPG keys into ThunderbirdPortable\Data\gpg if you want to use them with TBP. Install GnuPG following the instructions that come with TBP. GPA Portable will find the keys and other necessaries (or should). That's primarily what needs most to be tested -- installing with and without TBP, WinPT, etc. Just know that TBP doesn't do anything with GnuPG Portable (yet), so don't expect GPG to work in TBP unless you follow the instructions for TBPortable.
- If you want to use TBP and Enigmail, do not install GnuPG Portable (yet).
- Encryption of files uses public keys. If you know my public key, you can encrypt a file with it (just as you can send me encrypted email with Enigmail if you know my public key). I am the only one who can decrypt something encrypted with my public key (you can't even decrypt it, unless you used both your own public key as well as mine to encrypt). Some people have an intuitive understanding of how public key encryption works, and it's wrong. -- please suspend disbelief until you've tried it and don't delete the "clear text" or unencrypted version of a file, or else make very good backups before you play with encryption. If you want to encrypt a file on your USB drive so just you can open it, use your own Public Key.
- One advantage WinPT has over GPA is that WinPT can encrypt/decrypt/verify things on the clipboard. At least I haven't found where GPA can do that, though something like that may be in the next version.
2008-03-26 Dev Test 4 now uses the GnuPG Portable protocols.
2008-03-27 Fixed broken download link (too bad no one noticed that it was broken )
2008-03-27 Dev Test 6 uses the new GnuPGPortable.nsh. No, you still don't have to install GnuPG Portable, and shouldn't unless you don't want to use TBP. Please check the MD5, SF.net mirrors are being strange.