HOW TO: Enable Lotus Notes Native Encryption with PGP Desktop
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HOW TO: Enable Lotus Notes Native Encryption with PGP Desktop


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This article provides step-by-step instructions how to enable Lotus Notes native encryption with PGP Desktop.



This article details how to enable Lotus Notes native encryption with PGP Desktop standalone clients. This new feature is available in versions of PGP Desktop. This feature allows users to encrypt and sign messages to Notes recipients using Lotus Notes native encryption and then use PGP to encrypt mail to SMTP mail recipients. This functionality is enabled on a PGP Desktop standalone client by editing the PGP preference .xml file.


Note: This feature is available in PGP Desktop standalone and in a PGP Server managed environment.

In managed environments of PGP Desktop, you enable this feature as a PGP Desktop policy.

Lotus Notes native encryption is enabled when the following conditions are met:


  • The UseNotesNativeEncryption entry is enabled.
  • Encrypt or Sign are selected when sending the message with Lotus Notes.
  • The message address is formatted as CN=Bob Smith/O=example@example.
Note: If Encrypt or Sign is not selected in Notes for the message, it will be processed and encrypted with PGP if possible.

To enable the Lotus Notes Native Encryption feature in a standalone client:


  1. Open Windows Explorer.
  2. Browse to C:\Documents and Settings\%username%\Application Data\PGP Corporation\PGP.

    Note: If the Application Data folder is not displayed, you will need to enable Windows Explorer to show hidden files and folders. Click Tools > Folder Options then select the View tab. Click the button next to Show hidden files and folders then click OK.

  3. Right-click the PGPpref.xml files and select Open With > Wordpad. The PGPprefs file is opened in Wordpad.
  4. Click Edit > Find and type fileWipePasses then click Find Next.
  5. Below the <key>fileWipePasses</key>
                      <integer>3</integer>  entry
  6. Add <key>UseNotesNativeEncryption</key>
  7. Click File > Save.
  8. Close Wordpad.

The entries should look the following

  1. When a Lotus Notes email message is sent to a Notes recipient with this preference enabled, the PGP Notifier will display the email message is being processed by Lotus Notes.

For standalone clients the UseNotesNativeEncryption entry has to be entered outside of the admin dict section or otherwise once the PGPtray is started the setting will be reverted back to <false>.