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GPG/PGP or any encryption for Windows 8

Posted on 2013-01-07
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Is anyone aware of a version of GPG for Windows 8.
Looks like http://www.gpg4win.org/ is under funded and Symantic (PGP) are considering their options.

GPG4Win does install but crashes when run (Klopatra) even in compatibility mode.

Alternatively, are there any other known encryption programs that do work on Windows 8?
WinZip I guess.   Requirement is to encrypt a file or ideally directory.

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I am assuming that gpg itself works fine on windows 8 as thunderbird (and enigmail) work fine on windows 8.  The issue will be in the os integration (i.e. right clicking stuff to run gpg against it) which AFAIK is not updated for windows 8 yet.

however, gpg is often not the best solution for file encryption if the files or directories are for yourself.

To explain; gpg/pgp/openpgp is at its most powerful and useful when you are encrypting a file to send to a recipient via an insecure channel, whose public key you already have; it is not as useful for local file encryption, where your method of choice should be EFS (if and only if you can trust your domain administrators, unless no recovery key is set), bitlocker (as above, plus if you need to protect "at rest" only, i.e. when the machine is powered off), truecrypt (possibly "at rest" if you use whole disk encryption, but you can also encrypt entire drives, containers-as-drives - for a secure area that is secure once dismounted - or removable devices) or a supported archiver such as winrar, winzip, or the completely free 7-zip.  all the latter support 256 bit crypto of a decent standard (AES for the latter two, home-grown but secure enough in the case of winrar)

so it comes down to your usage case as to what you should run.
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Thanks for your suggestions.
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