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Need Information on PGP

Created: 20 Jan 2012 | 8 comments

Can anyone provide me the comparison sheet between PGP and Truecrypt. Truecrypt is free software, so what feautres are provided by PGP.

Does PGP supports Linux RHEL, CentOS, Suse and iPad. If yes, which version are supported.

What is the hardware pre-requisite for PGP universal.

Can i deploy PGP client through PGP universal, as most of the users sits on other location.

Can anyone provide me the license for PGP universal to test in my environment. I tried twice to download it from your site but i got a message saying that your sales person will contact me within 2-3 days, but one contacted me.

Is there any training on PGP universal.

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Tom Mc's picture

The following links will help with most of your questions:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TrueCrypt
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pretty_Good_Privacy
http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH149007
http://www.symantec.com/training/product_training/...

http://www.symantec.com/docs/DOC3598

I think one of the main differences between Truecrypt and PGP is that Truecrypt only provides disk/drive encryption.

Yes, PGP can be deployed via PGP Universal Server

I don't know of any other way to obtain the temp license you are interested in.

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Amandeep Singh Deol's picture

Hi Tom,

Thanks for your reply.

Can i install PGP client on RHEL, CentOS or Suse

In PGP universal environment, If i have encrypted the whole disk for any user and that user forgets his passprase can the administrator resets the password. If not, is there any other solution.

If any is out of the domain i.e. out of the range of Universal server, can he encrypt/decrypt the disk, files, folders, mails etc...

If any client wants to encrypt only Whole disk and as truecrypt is freeware then any of the client will prefer truecrypt, why they should prefer PGP. Please provide a strong reason as i have to give the difference between both of them to my client

i think truecrypt supports encryption of drives as well, does PGP universal supports encryption of drives not the whole disk. Example:

Suppose i have 3 drives, drive C, D and E. Can i encrypt only drive E not the whole disk of my machine. It should only ask me passphrase when i try to enter in drive E but not during the start of the machine (i.e. preboot).

Are you able to download temproroy license through the site. If yes, then please provide me the link

Tom Mc's picture

You can access information regarding different PGP products here.  The products also have a Trial link that you can use for those having trial licenses available.  They also a link for Chat with Sales if you have questions regarding the specific product.  The PGP Products do not have support for linux, but command line and universal do. 

In Windows, individual partitions can be encrypted, but in Mac systems it is whole disk only.  With PGP Universal, you have the option of using Whole Disk Recovery Tokens that are stored on the server, and which can be sent to the desktop for access when the passphrase has been forgotten.

As I said, I havn't looked at TrueCrypt in a long time.  I'm not able to advise as to what strengths or weaknesses it has compared to PGP.  I doubt it has PGP Universal type features.

When out of range of the server, all PGP functions can be used unless the decision has been made by policy to restrict them in this situation.  PGP Universal server installations can be very restrictive in what the end user does if desired. On my Symantec laptop, I have no access to PGP Desktop options, and all the email encryption is handled at that server level.

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Amandeep Singh Deol's picture

Does PGP universal works in workgroup environment or is it necessary to AD or LDAP.

If it supports workgroup, can i deploy all the policies through server.

If i have the license only for WDE, will it show netshare, files, messaging blocks on the left side or i have to disable manually on all the machines while installing clients.

If i do not have AD, LDAP, Exchange, Domino in my organization (that means i don't have email account) but i want PGP universal as i have 200 machines in my organization, can i enroll through my personal  mail accounts such yahoo, gmail etc..

We can protect any excel sheet or winzip through password then it that case what is the difference between Self decrypting Archive and normal password protected file.

My passphrase always remains in cache although i have selected the option do not remember the passphrase.Any solution?

Can i schedule reports in PGP universal.

Can i convert ISO image into bootable and install it on Windows or LINUX machine, as my client does not have Vmvare.

PGP universal works 32-bit or 64-bit OS

Whenever i open an encrypted file and then try to save it with different name it allows me to save and when i open that file which has a new name it allows me to open without asking for the passphrase, this should not happen as if i left the file open onmy desk someone can come and copy the file and take it in PD.

Amandeep Singh Deol's picture

Kindly revert to my post. i am still awaiting for your reply.

Tom Mc's picture

I've not attempted to answer your latest questions because that is so PGP Universal specific, I'm not personally involved with it's management and do not want to provide inaccurate responses.  Seems like someone else here would soon provide some more reliable response to these questions.

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Amandeep Singh Deol's picture

Thanks for your reply.

Can i raise new content or request for PGP universal or do you any other portal where i can ask questions related to PGP universal.

Below questions are related to PGP desktop:

We can protect any excel sheet or winzip through password then in that case what is the difference between Self decrypting Archive and normal password protected file.

My passphrase always remains in cache although i have selected the option do not remember the passphrase.Any solution?

Whenever i open an encrypted file and then try to save it with different name it allows me to save and when i open that file which has a new name it allows me to open without asking for the passphrase, this should not happen as if i left the file open onmy desk someone can come and copy the file and take it in PD.

Awaiting your reply.

Tom Mc's picture

This is the correct area for PGP Universal concerns.  Yes, you can start new topics as you need. You are more likely to receive help for additional concerns, if you start new topics for them, and do so in other forums if they better fit there.  I'll try to help with your additional questions here, but others will be less likely to see these new topics than if they were opened as new topics, and therefore less likely to be able to assist you.  You also have the option of using technical support if you have contracted for it. 

We can protect any excel sheet or winzip through password then in that case what is the difference between Self decrypting Archive and normal password protected file.

The only additional benefit to a Self Decrypting Archive, is that it also contains the needed software for decryption, so this provides a means to encrypt to other Windows users who do not have PGP installed. 

My passphrase always remains in cache although i have selected the option do not remember the passphrase.Any solution?

This should not be happening if you have selected this setting on the General Tab of PGP Options.  However, make sure you have rebooted since making this setting, and that in your PGP Messaging Service, that you have not set the option of "Cache this key's passphrase when I log in."

Whenever i open an encrypted file and then try to save it with different name it allows me to save and when i open that file which has a new name it allows me to open without asking for the passphrase, this should not happen as if i left the file open onmy desk someone can come and copy the file and take it in PD.

You have left the original file intact and it will remain encrypted.  You have also now created a new file, but you  have not encrypted it, so it will not be encrypted.  If you were to have copied the encrypted file and then changed the name, it would have remained encrypted. 

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