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(Michael T. Babcock <[email protected]>)
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    This is Mike's PGP Utilities page. If you would like to grab a copy of PGP, jump over to "About PGP" on my main PGP page. Please make sure you read the necessary information about the legalities involved.

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    Windows utilities:

    There is no need for the following Windows shells if you are using the latest PGP for Windows 95 as it runs in the system tray. If, however, you are using Windows 3.1 or an earlier version of PGP, please read on.

    There are now three Windows applications that I use for PGP. I used PGPClip and WinPGP before, which I describe below because I wasn't sure which I liked better. However, please see my entry note at the top of this page about Pronto Secure, as it is my new love! PGPClip, a small utility that signs or decrypts messages and decrypts messages from others as well. It is fast but not that powerful (although easy to use).

    If you download PGPClip, you'll need some VBXs. If you get an error like "Grid.vbx not found", then download VBX.EXE. It is a self-extracting archive that you should run from your root directory, it will extract the VBX files into your \WINDOWS and \WINDOWS\SYSTEM directories where appropriate.

    The other one is WinPGP 4.0 - it's a very complete windows shell for PGP, allowing encryption, decryption, signing, etc. It also lets you review the text to be encrypted/decrypted before running PGP, and you can compose the message from inside it's own editor. It is however slower to use when simply cutting out some text to sign, because it adds some extra steps (which PGPClip does not have).

    They are both available at

    DOS utilities:

    I like Auto-PGP, it scans QWK files, or just text files...get it here! AUTO-PGP.ZIP - 144k

    Using Auto-PGP, make a batch file like this one...

    @echo off
    edit %1
    encrypt %1

    Now, save it as PGPEDIT.BAT. When you run PGPEDIT text.txt, it will of course run the editor, and you can type or edit that file. You can insert Auto-PGP commands such as [PGP MY KEY] to insert your key, or [PGP SIGN CLEAR] to begin a signed section. When you exit and save, ENCRYPT (Auto-PGP) will scan the text file for commands, and insert keys, encrypt/sign the message as you told it, and then exit at the DOS prompt. I have it set up like this, and I also use SlipStream Jet to download UseNET newsgroups into a QWK file to be read with Bluewave.

    This page Copyright © 1995 ... 2016, Michael T. Babcock.
    It was last updated on the 22nd of September, 2016.