Paul R. Ramer
free10pro at gmail.com
Sun Apr 24 19:18:49 CEST 2016
On 04/24/2016 09:51 AM, Daniel H. Werner wrote:
> I downloaded GPGTools on my Mac laptop (I have not done it on my Mac desktop yet
> as I want to be sure I know what I am doing!!!) and did the Install.
> I Imported my existing keys.
> And I have several question/problems:
First off, I can't answer all of your questions, because I am not
familiar with GPGTools. But I have provided answers to some of your
> 1) When I open a new email message window, I see a green box in the upper right
> hand corner which is labeled “OpenPGP”. Is that right?
Yes, it is. If you visit https://gpgtools.org/ and scroll to the bottom
of the page, you will see slides that you can click through. One of
them shows a screenshot of this.
> 2) Should I be able to toggle GPG on and off;
I believe so. The slide that I referred to above says that you can
click the lock button (it is a button with a glyph in the form of a
lock) to encrypt your email to the recipient.
> 3) I composed a short Test message to send to myself. In order to Encrypt it, I
> selected the text, went to Services and selected Encrypt. That gave me the
> encrypted code in a new window. It seemed to me that I then had to select that
> text, copy and then paste it into the new message. There has to be a simpler
> way to perform these functions? What are they?
I believe you are supposed to click the lock button I mentioned above.
Please see the section of website that I referred to earlier.
> 4) My existing keys were created (in 2009 in PGP) at 2048 length. Should I
> change them to 4096? If so, how?
No, that is not necessary. Do know that many people have *strong*
opinions about key length that are based little empirical fact.  See
the GnuPG FAQ topic about this. 
> 5) Even if I do not Encrypt the outgoing message, I get a window asking for my
> Passphrase. In the older PGP version, I had the option to cache the Passphrase
> so I did not have to enter it every time. How do I simplify this function?
I am sorry. I don't know the answer to this question.
Hope that helps,
 I apologized to the list if I have opened that horrendous can of
worms again by answering this question.
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