When comparing Disk Utility vs GNU Privacy Guard, the Slant community recommends GNU Privacy Guard for most people. In the question“What are the best file encryption tools?” GNU Privacy Guard is ranked 1st while Disk Utility is ranked 9th. The most important reason people chose GNU Privacy Guard is:
GPG works on OS X, Linux, and Windows with [extensive selection of wrappers](https://www.gnupg.org/related_software/frontends.html).
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Pro Native OS X support
It offers the best integration, ease of use and support with OS X.
Pro Disk image and volume encryption
You can create a disk image that requires a password to mount. It can use a different filesystem than OS X, like exFAT, that can be used to move files between Windows and OS X. Additionally, you can encrypt file volumes by right-clicking and selecting encrypt.
GPG works on OS X, Linux, and Windows with extensive selection of wrappers.
Pro Open-source and battle-tested
GPG is the oldest and most reliable encryption software available.
Pro Multiple types of encryption algorithms
GPG supports public key cryptography (RSA EIGamal, DSA), symmetrical key algorithms (Blowfish, AES, IDEA, etc), cryptographic hash functions (RIPEMD, SHA), and compression (ZIP, ZLIB, BZIP2).
Pro Volume and individual file encryption
With GPG you can encrypt you whole volume or files individually.
Pro Supports paired keys
Allows for encrypted communication.
Pro Supports expiring signatures
GPG keys by default expire after a set amount of time. The amount can be changed and this feature can be turned off.
Pro Both CLI and GUI versions available
GPG can be installed as a command line tool, or you can choose between several different GUI frontends available for it.
Con Mac only
Disk Utility is available for OSX only.
Con It may be hard to find a GUI frontend that suits your needs
If you decide not to use the CLI version of GPG, it may be hard to find a GPG GUI version that suits your needs simply because of the sheer number of different versions available.