Category: Security
Audience: Faculty, Staff, IT


PGP Whole Disk Encryption provides easy to use and secure encryption to protect sensitive data on laptops or PCs. Laptops are easily lost, and even desktop computers can be stolen. PGP Whole Disk Encryption also includes a secure shredder, to really delete files you want to delete.  


The UIC license for PGP centers on PGP Whole Disk Encryption (PGP WDE) which securely encrypts the entire contents of your laptop or desktop, including boot sectors, system, and swap files. After you install PGP whole disk encryption on your computer it will automatically encrypt the hard drive. After your hard disk is encrypted, you must log in to PGP before you can boot the computer with a passphrase that you create. Operating system login bypass tricks won't work. PGP desktop encryption offers:

  • Encryption for all files and folders stored on your personal computer including email
  • Digital signatures for any of the above, which prove both the origin of the material and that it has not been altered.
  • “PGP Shredder”, a secure delete program that completely deletes files by overwriting the data you want to delete with random text multiple times. In contrast, a normal file deletion done by an operating system only removes a file's name from the disk directory; its data remains on the disk until something else is written over it.


A computer will need to meet the system requirements in order to run PGP.

Note that the operating system requirements for the installers we have at UIC may be slightly different from those listed there on Symantec's page. Specifically, the newest operating systems currently supported are Windows 8.1 and Mac OS X 10.10.3.

The ACCC is running a PGP Universal Key Server, in which your PGP key is protected with your UIC Active Directory ID and password, which is your UIC netID and your ACCC common password.

A typical computer using PGP will need two things both available for no charge through the online Webstore:

  • PGP Universal Server license, 1 per person
  • PGP WDE, 1 per machine

Licenses for PGP are not available to undergraduate students at this time.


PGP Endpoint, which offered additional encryption of data on removable storage and portable devices, is no longer available.


There is no charge for this service.


Email encryption@uic.edu
Phone 312-413-0003