1) How to 'stregthen' an older key? 2) RSS feeds? 3) GPG status?

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29 Apr, 2013 04:01 PM

Hi, thanks for making GPGTools. Its just what I needed. I have 3 quick questions.

1) I want to strengthen my key. How can I do that?
I originally made my key with Pretty Good Privacy some years ago. I imported my key onto GPG Keychain Access and it works fine.
Its length is 1024. I see most keys these days are 2048. Is it possible to increase the strength of my key?

2) Why are the main RSS feeds dead?
I'm subscribed to https://www.gpgtools.org/appcast.xml but it hasn't had any feed since Dec 2012.
likewise http://www.gpgtools.org/installer/appcast.xml

3) I see in one of the FAQs a mention of a GPG Status. What that ?
What is GPG status? http://support.gpgtools.org/kb/how-to/gpg-status


  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Steve on 05 May, 2013 11:53 AM

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    Hi Samantha,

    1) Sorry, there is no way to change that for an existing key. You'd have to create a new key if you want to use bigger key length.

    2) This was an outdated link. Thanks for finding it - we've now cleaned up that contact page. In the future, all our tools will use Sparkle update, so it will be very easy to get notice of new versions.

    3) Good point :). The KB-article is know extended with an introduction, making it more obvious what that indicator is used for. http://support.gpgtools.org/kb/how-to/gpg-status

    Does this answer your questions?

    Best, steve

  2. 2 Posted by Samantha on 06 May, 2013 05:05 PM

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    Hi Steve,
    Thanks for your reply. You've answered my questions perfectly thank you.

    The machine I have GPGTools on isn't used regularly on the internet so sparkle update doesn't work for me.

    But rss fits very nicely into my workflow. Any chance of an rss feed for new versions? No worries if you can't, I'd just thought I'd ask (if you don't ask, you don't get!)
    Thanks again for your help =)

  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by Steve on 08 May, 2013 09:58 AM

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    We've a ticket for this now. Please subscribe to the ticket if you want to be notified of changes being made in regards to this issue:


    I'm closing this discussion for overview purposes. Feel free to open a new discussions should you run into further problems or need assistance.

  4. Steve closed this discussion on 08 May, 2013 09:58 AM.

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