Moving from Symantec PGP to GPGTools

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Teofilo Homsany

14 Apr, 2012 04:20 PM

Hey guys,

I recently moved from Symantec PGP Desktop in my Mac to GPGTools and let me tell you it's amazing.
I love the software and the simplicity to use.
I have one issue though. I created a new Key and sent it to the keyserver, but now I can't access any of my old PGP emails that I received prior to the switch.
How can I retrieve them? The content is always a file with a PGP extension.

Thanks much in advance,


  1. 1 Posted by Teofilo Homsany on 14 Apr, 2012 04:26 PM

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    Solved it!
    Replaced my new key with the old one from PGP and now all works OK.
    Thanks much anyways guys!


  2. Support Staff 2 Posted by Steve on 14 Apr, 2012 04:50 PM

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    Hey Teofilo :)

    welcome on the GPGTools ship! The best user - for sure - are those, who solve problem themselves. :P

    Glad everything is now working as expected. I think I know what's going on here: Those old mails where encrypted by using your old public key. The new key you have created does have another public key. Mails can only be decrypted with the matching secret key. So in your example you tried to decrypt mail encrypted with the old public key with the newly created sec key. That can't work.

    So always make sure you have a backup copy of your secret keys. Also, maybe you don't even need a new key, since you have the old key. Should you still wish to use the new key it might be a good idea to invoke the old key. So people searching the key servers know, which key to use.

    Enjoy your weekend!

  3. Steve closed this discussion on 14 Apr, 2012 04:50 PM.

  4. Teofilo Homsany re-opened this discussion on 14 Apr, 2012 05:25 PM

  5. 3 Posted by Teofilo Homsany on 14 Apr, 2012 05:25 PM

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    Any good tool to encrypt the whole Macbook hardrive?
    I was using WDE from Symantec but I am looking for an alternative.

    Thanks much in advance.


  6. Support Staff 4 Posted by Steve on 14 Apr, 2012 05:39 PM

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    I'd recommend TrueCrypt or FileVault but don't have too much experience with neither.

  7. Steve closed this discussion on 04 Jun, 2012 05:26 PM.

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