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27 Apr, 2012 03:18 PM


  • Software name and version: (e.g. GPGMail 2.0a4 or GPG Keychain Access 1.0b3)
  • OS X version: (e.g. 10.7.2) OSX LION
  • GPGTools Installer date: today

What steps will reproduce the problem? Please be as specific as possible.

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What do you expect to see? What do you see instead?

  • I want to ... encrypt files or folders with a password that is not my key to send to different people who don't want to use GPG (as I used to do with PGP when PGP was affordable).
  • Instead ...

Provide any additional information, link a screenshot and debug output if possible.

  • Screenshot: see attachment
  • Debug output from /Applications/Utilities/ ...

First aid

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Steve on 30 Apr, 2012 02:30 PM

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    Hey Jean,

    what you want is basically symmectric encryption (to use GPGServices with people who don't have a public key). That is currently not supported by GPGServices. But we already have a ticket for that feature request:

    So what's missing, is a developer to take care of this.

    All the best,

  2. 2 Posted by jean on 30 Apr, 2012 02:50 PM

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    Yes I think you understood the question but unfortunately I did not get your response even after consulting the links you gave me. I am not a specialist just a simple user and my needs are very basic: encrypt a file or a document by a simple command and to send this file or doc to Google drive or to a correspondent as I used to do it with PGP several years ago. So I would be very grateful if you could help me to find the way to reach my expectations.

  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by Steve on 30 Apr, 2012 03:01 PM

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    The best and safest way would be to convince your colleges to create a key pair of their own so you can use GPGServices to encrypt the files with their public keys. Then you could upload the files to any storage service you wanna use. They will only be usable by the people you included during the encryption process.

    If your colleges don't have a key pair there is currently no solution from the GPGTools side that would work for you.

    We have this request on our radar, but no capacity to work on it currently.

    All the best,

    Please consider a donation. We do all this in our spare time.

  4. 4 Posted by jean on 30 Apr, 2012 03:21 PM

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    Thank you Steve. Not very useful but thank you.
    have a great day.

  5. Support Staff 5 Posted by Steve on 30 Apr, 2012 03:33 PM

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    Why isn't it useful? Your friends don't want to setup a key pair?

  6. 6 Posted by jean on 30 Apr, 2012 03:42 PM

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    Not all my friends, especially those who are already fighting with their computer.
    Also most of people need to get a very simple way to get invited to create a key and personally I don't know this way.
    Most of the time they want to enter a password (sent to them by phone) and click. No hassle! And I say that because I used to try PGP with people since the beginning of PGP....
    PS: but I appreciate your effort to help me.

  7. Support Staff 7 Posted by Steve on 30 Apr, 2012 03:52 PM

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    Hmm, sending a password via unencrypted mail - I'm not so sure if then it's really smart to encrypt at all.

    But I totally agree: symmetric encryption would be a very important feature and great to have.

    And your interest and effort to use encryption with your friends is appreciated alike. :)

  8. Support Staff 8 Posted by Steve on 22 May, 2012 11:10 AM

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    Hey Jean, I have attached the ticket for symmectric encryption:

    Feel free to subscribe it to be notified of updates happening in regards to that feature.

    All the best, steve

  9. Steve closed this discussion on 22 May, 2012 11:10 AM.

  10. Support Staff 9 Posted by Luke Le on 14 Aug, 2012 11:23 AM

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    Hi jean,

    if you update GPGServices from you should now be able to encrypt files using a password only.

    Hope that helps.

  11. Steve closed this discussion on 24 Aug, 2012 04:53 PM.

  12. jean re-opened this discussion on 23 Sep, 2014 06:12 PM

  13. 10 Posted by jean on 23 Sep, 2014 06:12 PM

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  14. Support Staff 11 Posted by Steve on 01 Oct, 2014 08:41 PM

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    Hi Jean,

    we are not and will never be on LinkedIn. We consider that platform spam.

    No worries thought I'll just close this discussion. Maybe you can remove our contact from your linkedin account.

    Best, steve

  15. Steve closed this discussion on 01 Oct, 2014 08:41 PM.

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