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Open Source Tool of the Month: GnuPG!
Back in 1999 Richard Stallman was interested in pursuing a PGP replacement after existing patents had run out and had decided to turn to European developers...
To do this he used the alternatives Blowfish and Elgamel. With this strategy in hand, he hacked on PGP and implemented the very first GnuPG release on December 20th, 1997, including added file management and streaming encryption.
(There is much more to the story, and for the complete overview from Werner Koch himself, go here...)
Considering that it now ranks among the most widely used encryption systems in use with functionality for over ten different encryption formats, support in 16 different languages, full PGP compatibility, a near limitless variety of front-end applications and utility for mail and other uses, GnuPG is one of the best open source tools period, much less a security tool!
So for the month of January, we will continue to pay homage to all things in GnuPG and cryptography and present you with articles, HowTo