Casual PKI and making e-mail encryption easy

    Date13 Dec 2001
    CategoryCryptography
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    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    E-mail encryption seems to be hard enough, or annoying enough, that even many technically sophisticated people don't do it regularly. Non-technical people rarely seem to be able to figure it out at all. Even though we have a great free implementation . . . E-mail encryption seems to be hard enough, or annoying enough, that even many technically sophisticated people don't do it regularly. Non-technical people rarely seem to be able to figure it out at all. Even though we have a great free implementation of OpenPGP and even though some version of PGP runs on practically any platform, only a miniscule proportion of people use encryption regularly. Usability studies on PGP have had extremely depressing results; Why Johnny Can't Encrypt: A Usability Evaluation of PGP 5.0 is an example. I'm awfully happy with GPG and mutt, but most people sure seem not to be!
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