PGP Desktop Support for Snow Leopard
Like everyone in the Macintosh user community, we're excited by Apple's early Friday delivery of Snow Leopard (Mac OS X 10.6). Unfortunately, like many applications at the moment, the currently shipping versions of PGP Desktop products (v 9.10) are not supported on Snow Leopard. This includes PGP Desktop Professional, PGP Desktop Home, PGP Desktop Email and PGP Whole Disk Encryption (a comprehensive list of Mac OS X applications and their status on Snow Leopard is available on the MacInTouch site).
While we are working diligently to complete the Snow Leopard compatible versions of the PGP Desktop products, we do not recommend you use the currently shipping versions on any system that has been upgraded to Snow Leopard. Please note that users wanting to migrate to Snow Leopard immediately must first decrypt all of their PGP WDE encrypted drives and uninstall their PGP Desktop application prior to upgrading to Snow Leopard. Failure to decrypt PGP WDE encrypted drives prior to installing Snow Leopard could result in data loss or other system issues. Do not attempt to reinstall the currently shipping versions of the PGP Desktop applications (v 9.10) after installing Snow Leopard. Please refer to this PGP Support article for more information.
When the Snow Leopard compatible versions of these products ship, PGP Desktop application users with current Subscription licenses or under current Maintenance will receive the updated applications free of charge. If you are interested in participating in the PGP Desktop for Snow Leopard beta program, please sign up here and we will contact you when it's ready.
PGP Corporation announced PGP WDE for OS X last year and it's been very well received. A big part of this has to do with the fact that it's a native Mac application that was designed from the ground up for the Mac. PGP Corporation is committed to providing Macintosh users the best possible encryption solutions and we’ve been building them since re-starting the company in 2003.
To get a sense of what the overall experience is like with PGP WDE for OS X, take a look at Paul Stamatiou's excellent step-by-step overview. The experience on Snow Leopard will be the same. You'll notice PGP WDE for OS X is controlled using PGP Desktop, which can be expanded to secure email and files as well.
Users of PGP WDE for OS X will have a new pre-boot authentication screen that protects access to the machine before the operating system loads. Here's what it looks like on a Mac with Snow Leopard.
WDE Pre Boot Authentication Dialog Box
Once installed, users can access the PGP Desktop application via the PGP lock icon on the Menu
PGP Desktop Menu Bar
Users can see the progress of their initial disk encryption from within PGP Desktop.
PGP WDE Progress Bar