Help needed

Paul R. Ramer free10pro at
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 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. [1]  See
the GnuPG FAQ topic about this. [2]

> 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,


[1] I apologized to the list if I have opened that horrendous can of
worms again by answering this question.

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