I am looking for a standalone executable that facilitates PGP encryption of files or plaintext (plaintext can be dumped into a ".txt" file and encrypted).

I have heard that PortablePGP is unsafe.

Versions of PGP that should make you run away screaming:

Versions of PGP with these Version: strings are based on the BouncyCastle Java crypto libraries. They should be avoided like the plague.

Version: BCPG v1.45

Version: BCPG v1.47

  • The article you linked to complains that the default key sizes of these versions is too small. So, you could just increase the key size if that's an option. – Kodiologist Aug 22 '17 at 17:58
  • @Kodiologist I got the impression that the "BouncyCastle" library being used had vulnerabilities. Why else would they mention the library? Wouldn't an unsafe default key size be a criticism of the program/application rather than the version? – xvk3 Aug 22 '17 at 18:05
  • The claim is that these versions of PGP have a small default key size because they're implemented with Bouncy Castle, and Bouncy Castle has a small default key size. – Kodiologist Aug 22 '17 at 18:08
  • Thank you for the clarification. – xvk3 Aug 22 '17 at 18:30
  • @Kodiologist want to write an answer? – sebix Aug 24 '17 at 7:59

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