This article describes how to update a PGP Desktop license after renewing the software maintenance. This article describes the process to update your license number after renewing a subscription license or your yearly maintenance for PGP Desktop. After renewing your PGP software license, you will receive a new License Number via a confirmation email. Your license number is also available on your account in the Symantec Licensing Portal. Use the following steps to update your PGP Desktop software to the new license number.
I'm currently using a perpetually licensed PGP Desktop 10.2.1 on my Windows 7 machine. My purchase was back when I did so as a Symantec employee, but the registration numbers I have available are not being accepted by fileconnect. Is there some way that I can upgrade to a Win 10 compatible version?
The license is perpetual, but the support contract is what covers the updates/upgrades. You may be able to contact Customer Care to see about updating the serial number, but I don't think they will be able to without a support contract in place.
My current license, shows all PGP Desktop components, except NetShare, as enabled. Which version of Symantec Desktop is the similar product? If there is a Trial version of it, I may want to give it a try.
I believe that the version you have is 'PGP Desktop - Professional' edition. In the current iteration, the trialware license features a full-functioned client, even though it says you will be downloading a trial for Symantec Desktop Email Encryption (which is still the same client as Symantec Encryption Desktop, formerly PGP Desktop).
Phil Zimmermann created the first version of PGP encryption in 1991. The name, "Pretty Good Privacy" was inspired by the name of a grocery store, "Ralph's Pretty Good Grocery", featured in radio host Garrison Keillor's fictional town, Lake Wobegon. This first version included a symmetric-key algorithm that Zimmermann had designed himself, named BassOmatic after a Saturday Night Live sketch. Zimmermann had been a long-time anti-nuclear activist, and created PGP encryption so that similarly inclined people might securely use BBSs and securely store messages and files. No license fee was required for its non-commercial use, and the complete source code was included with all copies.
Shortly after its release, PGP encryption found its way outside the United States, and in February 1993 Zimmermann became the formal target of a criminal investigation by the US Government for "munitions export without a license". At the time, cryptosystems using keys larger than 40 bits were considered munitions within the definition of the US export regulations; PGP has never used keys smaller than 128 bits, so it qualified at that time. Penalties for violation, if found guilty, were substantial. After several years, the investigation of Zimmermann was closed without filing criminal charges against him or anyone else.
After the Federal criminal investigation ended in 1996, Zimmermann and his team started a company to produce new versions of PGP encryption. They merged with Viacrypt (to whom Zimmermann had sold commercial rights and who had licensed RSA directly from RSADSI), which then changed its name to PGP Incorporated. The newly combined Viacrypt/PGP team started work on new versions of PGP encryption based on the PGP 3 system. Unlike PGP 2, which was an exclusively command line program, PGP 3 was designed from the start as a software library allowing users to work from a command line or inside a GUI environment. The original agreement between Viacrypt and the Zimmermann team had been that Viacrypt would have even-numbered versions and Zimmermann odd-numbered versions. Viacrypt, thus, created a new version (based on PGP 2) that they called PGP 4. To remove confusion about how it could be that PGP 3 was the successor to PGP 4, PGP 3 was renamed and released as PGP 5 in May 1997.
In December 1997, PGP Inc. was acquired by Network Associates, Inc. ("NAI"). Zimmermann and the PGP team became NAI employees. NAI was the first company to have a legal export strategy by publishing source code. Under NAI, the PGP team added disk encryption, desktop firewalls, intrusion detection, and IPsec VPNs to the PGP family. After the export regulation liberalizations of 2000 which no longer required publishing of source, NAI stopped releasing source code.
While originally used primarily for encrypting the contents of e-mail messages and attachments from a desktop client, PGP products have been diversified since 2002 into a set of encryption applications that can be managed by an optional central policy server. PGP encryption applications include e-mails and attachments, digital signatures, full disk encryption, file and folder security, protection for IM sessions, batch file transfer encryption, and protection for files and folders stored on network servers and, more recently, encrypted or signed HTTP request/responses by means of a client-side (Enigform) and a server-side (mod openpgp) module. There is also a WordPress plugin available, called wp-enigform-authentication, that takes advantage of the session management features of Enigform with mod_openpgp.
The PGP Desktop 9.x family includes PGP Desktop Email, PGP Whole Disk Encryption, and PGP NetShare. Additionally, a number of Desktop bundles are also available. Depending on the application, the products feature desktop e-mail, digital signatures, IM security, whole disk encryption, file, and folder security, encrypted self-extracting archives, and secure shredding of deleted files. Capabilities are licensed in different ways depending on the features required.
With PGP Desktop 9.x managed by PGP Universal Server 2.x, first released in 2005, all PGP encryption applications are based on a new proxy-based architecture. These newer versions of PGP software eliminate the use of e-mail plug-ins and insulate the user from changes to other desktop applications. All desktop and server operations are now based on security policies and operate in an automated fashion. The PGP Universal server automates the creation, management, and expiration of keys, sharing these keys among all PGP encryption applications.
Within PGP Inc., there was still concern surrounding patent issues. RSADSI was challenging the continuation of the Viacrypt RSA license to the newly merged firm. The company adopted an informal internal standard that they called "Unencumbered PGP" which would "use no algorithm with licensing difficulties". Because of PGP encryption's importance worldwide, many wanted to write their own software that would interoperate with PGP 5. Zimmermann became convinced that an open standard for PGP encryption was critical for them and for the cryptographic community as a whole. In July 1997, PGP Inc. proposed to the IETF that there be a standard called OpenPGP. They gave the IETF permission to use the name OpenPGP to describe this new standard as well as any program that supported the standard. The IETF accepted the proposal and started the OpenPGP Working Group.
PGP Desktop also offers users an option to permanently erase files from their desktop. The secure feature ensures that once deleted, these files can not be recovered or restored, even if the person looking for them uses an advanced recovery tool. The PGP Shredder dumpster performs the permanent deletion and zeros out the space that these files occupy.
Generating and verifying license keys is a common requirement for a lot commercial softwarethese days. From desktop applications such as those built on frameworks like Electronor Qt, to dual-licensed open source packages and libraries like Sidekiq,to a variety of other on-premise software applications and dependencies.
When it comes to software licensing, the key generation and verification algorithms vendorschoose can make or break a licensing system. After an algorithm has been compromised, a vendorcan no longer trust any previously generated license keys, including those belonging to legitend-users.
Both of these solutions can come at a huge cost, both in terms of end-user trust, support costs,as well as engineering resources. Suffice it to say, it's a bad situation. And ideally, what wewant to do is avoid the situation entirely, by choosing a modern, secure license keyalgorithm from the get-go.
Software cracks usually only work for a single version of a particular application, sincethe application code itself is modified to bypass any license checks (meaning a softwareupdate often requires an updated crack for the new application code.) Distributing acracked version of an application falls on the bad actor.
The other major attack vector is known as a software "keygen", which is much more ominous. Asits name may imply, a keygen is a form of software, often a separate program or webpage, thatgenerates valid license keys, i.e. a key-generator, or "keygen."
Most software vendors have some type of license keygen, which they keep secret. For example, aftera user submits a successful purchase order, part of the order process calls a key generator, whichgenerates a valid, legitimate license key for the new customer.
Depending on your key generation algorithm, a keygen like this may only be able to generate validkey for a single version of an application. But in the worst case, a bad actor can create a keygenthat generates valid license keys that work across all versions of an application, requiringa complete upheaval of the product's licensing system.
It's also worth mentioning that keygens are much more valuable to bad actors than cracks, becausea keygen can be used on the real application, vs the bad actor having to distribute a modified,cracked version of the application.
Partial Key Verificationis a software license key algorithm that partitions a product key into multiple "subkeys."With each new version of your product, your license key verification algorithm will check a differentsubset of a license's subkeys. 2b1af7f3a8