PGP Tray Icons - PGP Desktop for Windows

The PGP Tray icon in the Windows System tray allows you access to many of PGP Desktop's features. These include Viewing PGP Logs, About PGP Desktop, Unmounting PGP Virtual Disks, performing encryption on the Current Window or Clipboard, and opening PGP Desktop. When you right or left-click on the PGP Tray icon in the Windows System tray, a menu is displayed giving you access to the available PGP Desktop options.

This article details various examples of the PGP Tray icon.

Normal operation: PGP Desktop is operating normally; no passphrases are cached, message proxying is enabled, no other PGP operations are in progress.

Cached passphrase: PGP Desktop is operating normally; additionally, one or more private key passphrases has been cached. Caching passphrases is an optional time-saving feature, in that you don’t have to type your passphrase if it’s cached to sign a key, for example, but it’s also a security risk in that if you leave your system with the passphrase cached, whoever walks up to your system could use PGP Desktop without having to type the appropriate passphrase.

Message proxying disabled: Proxying of email messages has been disabled; incoming encrypted messages will not be decrypted or verified and outgoing messages will not be encrypted or signed. You can turn message proxying back on using the PGP Tray menu or the PGP Options.

Busy: PGP Desktop is in the middle of an operation, such as encrypting a disk. When the operation is complete, the PGP Tray icon changes back to the appropriate icon.