Talk:Pretty Good Privacy

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June 2, 2004 Featured article candidate Not promoted
edit·history·watch·refresh Stock post message.svg To-do list for Pretty Good Privacy:
  • Split article into:
  • History and license.
  • Clean tech article.
  • Add a screenshot of some PGP GUI
  • Explain that a public-key fingerprint in PGP terms is like a 'hash' of the public key, useful for verifying you have the correct public key without having to read the entire public key over the phone(etc).

Popular culture[edit]

For something to have entered our "popular culture" - it is not enough for it to exist. We need verifiable reliable sources that specifically say something has entered our popular culture - that is, our public awareness. None of the items formerly listed in this section included any such indication. Hence these items were mere bits of trivial original research. By comparison, "Prada" has entered our popular culture not simply because a movie included the brand in its title but because numerous sources discussed this fact. Frankly, I doubt PGP has entered the realm of public awareness at all, let alone to the degree that a reliable source would actually publish an article about this fact. Rklawton (talk) 01:37, 17 June 2010 (UTC)

That was a necessary and valid edit, backed with a sound argument that I shall probably steal for future use on other pages. Thanks! --Old Moonraker (talk) 05:35, 17 June 2010 (UTC)
Your welcome. Sometimes I get lucky. Feel free to re-use as necessary. Rklawton (talk) 07:28, 17 June 2010 (UTC)

Examples of signed messages and public keys would be good[edit]

I believe it would be an improvement if the article had examples of public keys and signed and encrypted messages. --TiagoTiago (talk) 23:30, 23 June 2010 (UTC)

Weasel words?[edit]

Isn't "it is thought to be the most widely chosen quality cryptographic system" an example of weasel words? The whole "some people say..." or "it is believed that..." is supposed to be a no-no, isn't it? Thomascameron (talk) 02:29, 26 April 2011 (UTC)

Written in[edit]

The section "Written in" in the infobox should say which programming language was used. Right now it mentions a list of human languages which is pretty amusing. —Preceding unsigned comment added by UrbanGrill (talkcontribs) 19:50, 9 May 2011 (UTC)

PGP Desktop[edit]

PGP Desktop shouldn't be redirected here. PGP Desktop is a commercial Symantec product. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 129.6.182.179 (talk) 20:24, 4 August 2011 (UTC)

Thats my opinion too. I tried to edit the reference; but i'm not very expirienced in wikipedia. The edit button reveals only a refence to a reference list :-( — Preceding unsigned comment added by 84.172.202.86 (talk) 06:04, 20 October 2014 (UTC)

Speculation in secton Security quality[edit]

Speculations about the future, bordering to FUD: "Likewise, the secret key algorithm used in PGP version 2 was IDEA, which might, at some future time, be found to have a previously unsuspected cryptanalytic flaw. Specific instances of current PGP, or IDEA, insecurities—if they exist—are not publicly known." Is this relevant? Can hypothetical unknown future flaws be sourced today? (The two sentences was added 06:55, 16 October 2005 and 13:39, 25 October 2005 respectively) David A se (talk) 21:00, 6 October 2011 (UTC)

Prices are relevant[edit]

This article mentions many software systems, and many versions, but fails to state which are free and give approximate prices for those that are not free. Price is an important dimension for articles describing products that are sold or distributed. David Spector (user/talk) 19:02, 19 August 2012 (UTC)

LICENSE?[edit]

What is the license under which this program is released? Please add this to the infobox. 117.219.1.87 (talk) 17:12, 24 February 2013 (UTC)

XKCD[edit]

Be advised -- this article's subject was mentioned on XKCD.com. Not in a way that mentions Wikipedia or seemingly invites vandalism, but that webcomic + wikipedia seems to be a recipe for it. Jsharpminor (talk) 05:45, 4 March 2013 (UTC)

key, fingerprint[edit]

Many people (usually computer programmers) have a "PGP key" (a huge block of hexagesimal code) and a "PGP fingerprint" (a line of hexagesimal code). They often post these on their websites. Could someone please explain in the article what these mean and what they are used for? Thanks! BigSteve (talk) 11:16, 14 July 2013 (UTC)

unclear for the unknowledgeable[edit]

I read this and don't understand how it works, the article needs to show step by step how it works. Like, where does one get a public or private key or both, and how do you get them to people you're sending info to? The intro paragraph and first section "design" are completely opaque to the non technical user. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 207.195.92.130 (talk) 15:36, 1 August 2014 (UTC)

I found this http://www.pgpi.org/doc/pgpintro/ to be much better than wikipedia to gain a basic understanding. Hope this info helps to improve wikipedia. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 207.195.92.130 (talk) 16:02, 1 August 2014 (UTC)

Symantec Encryption Desktop (former PGP Desktop)[edit]

The "PGP Corporation encryption applications" section mentions "Symantec Encryption Desktop" as the renamed follower of "PGP Desktop". However, it seems to me that this information is outdated already - "Symantec Encryption Desktop" seems to have been discontinued. The Symantec website only shows "Symantec Endpoint Encryption", which seems to be a full disk encryption only. If this were true, I think the article should reflect this. Kellerpm (talk) 10:46, 13 February 2015 (UTC)