PGG 8.0 Beta Released For Mac OS X Encryption

The PGP Corporation has released a beta version of PGP 8.0 for Mac OS X. PGP stands for Pretty Good Protection, a nod to the reality that every form of encrpytion gets broken sooner or later, and provides encryption services to computer users. The organization has developed the Mac OS X version of the software as a Cocoa application, making it as Mac OS Xish as you can get. From the companyis Web site:

Building on top of the solid PGP technology base, PGP 8.0 for Mac OS X features a completely new Cocoa-based user interface to take maximum advantage of Appleis new operating system. PGP 8.0 for Mac OS X offers numerous evolutionary improvements as well as the following new features:

  • Full support for Mac OS X 10.2 (If you have Mac OS X 10.0 or 10.1, you need to upgrade to 10.2.1 or later.)
  • Full PGP Disk interoperability with PGP Disks created by all prior PGP Disk products for Mac OS, as well as with PGP Disks created with PGP Disk for Windows 7.0 and later
  • AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) support in PGP Disk
  • Significantly expanded Unicode support
  • Built-in support for Apple Mail and Microsoft Entourage X
  • PGP encryption and digital signature features are accessible as a Mac OS X service from Cocoa applications and Carbon applications that support services
  • PGP features are also accessible from the PGPis Dock menu, providing a second ubiquitous method for accessing PGP

Macintosh System Requirements

  • Power Mac G3, G4, G4 Cube; iMac; PowerBook G3, G4; iBook; or eMac
  • Mac OS X 10.2.1 or greater
  • 128 MB of RAM (required for Mac OS X)
  • 15 MB of available hard disk space

You can find more information and download links on the release at the PGP Web site. The beta release is a free download, and it will expire on December 6th.