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What is the PGP Universal Server and what are the individual features of the Universal Server and how can they be used?


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Below you can find information about the Universal Server and its additional features:

  • PGP Universal Server: A device you add to your network that provides secure messaging with little or no user interaction. The PGP Universal Server automatically creates and maintains a security architecture by monitoring authenticated users and their email traffic. You can also send protected messages to addresses that are not part of the security architecture.
    • PGP Global Directory: A free, public keyserver hosted by Symantec Corporation. The PGP Global Directory provides quick and easy access to the universe of PGP keys. It uses next-generation keyserver technology that queries the email address on a key (to verify that the owner of the email address wants their key posted) and lets users manage their own keys. Using the PGP Global Directory significantly enhances your chances of finding a valid public key of someone to whom you want to send secured messages.

    For external users without encryption keys, PGP Universal Server offers multiple secure delivery options, leveraging third-party software that is already installed on typical computer systems, such as a web browser or Adobe Acrobat Reader. For email recipients who do not have an encryption solution, you can use of of the following secure delivery options from PGP Universal Server:

    • PGP Universal Satellite: The PGP Universal Satellite software resides on the computer of the email user. It allows email to be encrypted end to end, all the way to and from the desktop (for both internal and external users). Using PGP Universal Satellite is one of the ways for external users to participate in the SMSA. It also allows users the option of controlling their keys on their local computers (if allowed by the administrator).
    • PGP Universal Web Messenger: The PGP Universal Web Messenger service allows an external user to securely read a message from an internal user before the external user has a relationship with the SMSA. If PGP Universal Web Messenger is available via mail policy for a user and the recipient’s key cannot be found, the message is stored on the PGP Universal Server and an unprotected message is sent to the recipient. The unprotected message includes a link to the original message, held on the PGP Universal Server. The recipient must create a passphrase, and then can access his encrypted messages stored on PGP Universal Server.
    • PDF Messenger: PDF Messenger enables sending encrypted PDF messages to external users who do not have a relationship with the SMSA. In the normal mode, as with PGP Universal Web Messenger, the user receives a message with a link to the encrypted message location and uses a PGP Universal Web Messenger passphrase to access the message. PDF Messenger also provides Certified Delivery, which encrypts the message to a one-time passphrase, and creates and logs a delivery receipt when the user retrieves the passphrase.


  • PGP Desktop: A client software tool that uses cryptography to protect your data against unauthorized access. PGP Desktop is available for Mac OS X and Windows.
    • PGP Whole Disk Encryption: Whole Disk Encryption is a feature of PGP Desktop that encrypts your entire hard drive or partition (on Windows systems), including your boot record, thus protecting all your files when you are not using them.
    • PGP NetShare: A feature of PGP Desktop for Windows with which you can securely and transparently share files and folders among selected individuals. PGP NetShare users can protect their files and folders simply by placing them within a folder that is designated as protected.
    • PGP Virtual Disk: PGP Virtual Disk volumes are a feature of PGP Desktop that let you use part of your hard drive space as an encrypted virtual disk. You can protect a PGP Virtual Disk volume with a key or a passphrase. You can also create additional users for a volume, so that people you authorize can also access the volume.
    • PGP Zip: A feature of PGP Desktop that lets you put any combination of files and folders into a single encrypted, compressed package for convenient transport or backup. You can encrypt a PGP Zip archive to a PGP key or to a passphrase.


  • PGP Portable: A separately-licensed feature that enables you to send encrypted files to users who do not have PGP Desktop software, and to transport files securely to systems that do not or cannot have PGP software installed.