Symantec Encryption Desktop (formerly PGP Desktop) is licensed for College-owned Windows PCs. PGP Desktop is used by to secure personal information on your computer through disk and folder encryption, and to securely delete files.  Please use the links below for information on installing and using PGP Desktop.

Installing Symantec Encryption Desktop
College-owned Windows 7 computers have PGP Desktop pre-installed.  To best use this encryption software, you must uninstall PGP Desktop and install Symantec Encryption Desktop.
  • If you have a Lenovo L430 or T420, DO NOT encrypt your hard drive with PGP Desktop.  You MUST upgrade to Symantec Encryption Desktop before encrypting your drive or it will not reboot properly.
  • You will need to restart your computer twice during the uninstall and install, so please save any work and either bookmark or print this website.
  1. Download the Symantec Encryption Desktop installer from Google Drive for Wellesley College.
    • For Windows 7 64bit computers, download this installer.
    • For Windows XP 32bit computers, download this installer.
    • You need to login to your Domain Account to download these installers.
    • Google will say that the file can't be scanned for viruses.  Click Download Anyway to download the installer..
  2. After downloading the proper installer, double-click the file to start.
    • If you are asked if you want to run the file, Click Yes.
  3. Symantec Encryption Desktop will run through it's install process.
  4. Select Accept the License Agreement and click Next .
  5. Select Do not display the Release Notes and click Next .
  6. Symantec Encryption Desktop will now install.
  7. If you are asked to Allow the program, click Allow .
  8. You will be asked to restart your computer, click Yes , and the computer will restart.
    • The restart process may take several minutes and appear to have stopped at the Windows startup logo or a black screen with a cursor.  DO NOT interrupt this process! If it takes more than 15 minutes, please contact the Help Desk.
  9. After logging in to the computer, a Symantec Encryption Desktop login window will appear.
    • Type in your Wellesley Domain username and password and click OK.
  10. A Symantec Encryption Setup Assistant window will appear.
    • If you have previously used PGP or Symantec Encryption Desktop at Wellesley, choose I have used Symantec Encryption before and I have existing keys , and then log in using your previously set PGP / Symantec Encryption passphrase. This is not usually your Domain Account password.
    • If you have NOT used PGP or Symantec Encryption Desktop at Wellesley, you will need to set up a passphrase for Symantec Encryption Desktop. To setup your passphrase, type it in both boxes and conitnue the setup.
    • If you have forgotten your passphrase, please contact the Help Desk.
  11. You should now see a gray lock icon in the notification area on the right side of the Windows taskbar.
  12. You may now review the information on the features of Symantec Encryption Desktop.

Setting up your passphrase for PGP Desktop
After you install PGP Desktop, you will be asked to login and configure your security keys.  If you have not used PGP Desktop at Wellesley before, you need to set a passphrase. This passphrase will be tied to your Domain Account, and is only used in PGP Desktop. It will not change or affect your Domain Account password.  To set up your passphrase, follow these instructions
  1. In the Setup Assistant window, choose I am a new user .
  2. In the PGP Key Setup Assistant window, click Next .
  3. Choose Guarded Key Mode (GKM) and click Next .
  4. Choose New Key and click Next .
  5. You must now choose a passphrase, which will protect your PGP Security Key. For security reasons, make sure this passphrase is different than your Domain Account password.
    • Your passphrase must be at least 8 characters long (keeping in mind that the longer your passphrase is, the more secure it will be), and it should contain non-alphabetic characters, such as numbers, symbols, punctuation, or spaces.
    • Your passphrase can be a full sentence if you want.
    • Write your passphrase down and store it in a secure location. If you forget your passphrase, it will be very difficult to recover the passphrase and regain access to your encrypted files.
  6. Click Next . The program will now generate your keys.
  7. When the Current Status says Done, and the green progress bar is completely filled in, click Next, then click Next again, and finally click Finish to complete the installation.
  8. You may now follow the instructions for encrypting your files here  or the instructions for securely deleting files here .