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encrypt 2013.11.01

By The encrypt Development Team on 2014-01-26
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Following on from the previous post, which explained that the latest version of libgcrypt no longer had a couple of functions that were use to get a list of supported algorithms, we have an updated version of encrypt that overcomes this. Currently this issue only affects GUN/Linux systems (Arch/Debian/Fedora), but it could manifest itself in OS X (if/when Homebrew updates its version of libgcrypt) so we'll see about rebuilding that edition too.

Neither the Android nor Windows editions are effected.

The latest binary packages are available from the downloads directory as normal.

Until next time,
The encrypt Dev Team

libgcrypt 1.6.0

By Ashley on 2014-01-15
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It looks like the latest version of libgcrypt (1.6.0) is incompatible with encrypt. The functions for getting a list of supported algorithms (both cipher and hash) have been removed/renamed. This is currently limited to GNU/Linux systems, although it could soon affect Macs (as and when libgcrypt is updated in Homebrew).

I suppose this might persuade us to specify exact version numbers in the list of dependencies (but we'll see).

We should be able to rewrite encrypt to make use of the newer version of the library, and will release an update for GNU/Linux systems as soon as possible - hopefully this coming weekend.

Sorry for any inconvenience,

encrypt 2013.11

By The encrypt Development Team on 2013-11-24
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Here is our latest offering of personal, file encryption for all of your devices; from desktops and laptops running GNU/Linux, OS X or Windows, to mobile devices running Android.

Its major new feature is the ability to create encrypted files that can be decrypted by older versions of the application (ideal if, for whatever reason, you cannot upgrade to the latest). It also sports the ability to handle symlinks as symbolic links, instead of the file the link points to. I also knows if a hardlink for a particular file has already been encrypted and won't store the file twice. Upon decryption, the hierarchy will match exactly the original. Of course this all requires an operating system that supports links in the first place (hint: Windows and Android don't).

Both binary installers (Arch, Debian, Fedora, Windows, and OS X) and GPG signatures are available locally from the project page, as well as on Sourceforge. The Android app is available from the Google Play Store.

There is additional documentation in the form of a User Guide, for Windows. It has been put together by Marc Condic, and I will soon make it available online too (it's a HTML document).

That's all for now, peace and security

The encrypt Development Team

OS X Mavericks

By The encrypt Development Team on 2013-11-03
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Here's a short note to announce a re-release of version 2013.02, now as version 2013.02.11 but it's specifically for OS X Mavericks.

It doesn't contain any new or unreleased features, but instead fixes an issue involving the libgcrypt dependency lookup as the application starts. If you're not yet using Mavericks you should continue to use the older version 2013.02.

For everyone else: we're still working towards the next version, with support for links (hard or soft, take your pick), it's just that if the system doesn't support links (Android/Windows) there needs to be a way to fail gracefully and without corruption or data loss.

Until next time ...

Site Update

By Webmaster on 2013-06-14

Just a quick note to show that we're still here, even if things seems to quieten down for months at a time.

The site now has a slightly new (or rather slightly updated) look and feel. The style been simplified to make it more suitable for handheld devices (and small screens in general). And the HTML has been greatly updated to be HTML5 compliant and is no longer XHTML.

The comment and bug tracking systems now support using Markdown instead of BBCode as it's easier to write. Also, both of these systems no longer required registering to contribute; all that's necessary are a unique and valid email address. Also, user icons are taken from Gravatar.

That's about all for now, keep it real...