An Introduction to GNU Privacy Guard (1 of 2)

    Date26 Sep 2002
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    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Even though the concept of public-key cryptography for encryption purposes was introduced close to three decades ago, and PGP has been around for over a third of that, you'll likely find that for some reason only a small number of PC . . . Even though the concept of public-key cryptography for encryption purposes was introduced close to three decades ago, and PGP has been around for over a third of that, you'll likely find that for some reason only a small number of PC users take full advantage of public-key security. I, myself, am guilty of this. When I first started using PGP 2.6 for DOS in the mid-nineties, it was used for little more than encrypting local documents and files for my own use. Few outside of technical circles had heard of it, and the majority of the people I talked to felt it was too cumbersome to use on a regular basis. That was then.

    Today, I use GnuPG for a variety of tasks. Whether it's to sign and encrypt documents and contracts submitted to businesses, encrypt local files, or merely sign email and files to ensure others that no modifications have occurred to its content, I have found GnuPG to be a 'must have' utility kept close at hand when using my PCs.

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