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GreenSlime

War Hero
I installed PGP 9.12 on my Windows 7 pc and coincidentally Internet Explorer started crashing constantly. Uninstalled PGP and IE is now fine. I don't think I'll be trying it again anytime soon.
 

msr

LE
Just for the record:

"This offer does not extend to 9.12. There is no plan at this time for this to happen. "

So truecrypt it will have to be.

msr
 

GreenSlime

War Hero
msr - ISTR that when I installed the version downloaded from Armynet it automatically went online and changed to 9.12. Of course I may be wrong.
 

Avre

Old-Salt
Just been emailed by PGP apparently the MOD License does not cover the upgrade from PGP 9 to PGP 9.12 (which you need for windows seven)
 
Don't forget chaps that PGP can be easily hacked and it has a built in "backdoor" key so that US and UK Governments can read any PGP encrypted file or hard disk. I believe that the early versions of PGP before it was commercialised did not have the "backdoor" key and consequently more difficult to decode.

FYI I have tried and currently use truecrypt on an 8GB USB memory stick that I use as a back-up device for word, pdf and some emails.
 

msr

LE
exRMonRE_Spr said:
Don't forget chaps that PGP can be easily hacked and it has a built in "backdoor" key so that US and UK Governments can read any PGP encrypted file or hard disk.
Evidence please. And preferably not wrapped in a tin foil hat.

msr
 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pretty_Good_Privacy


http://www.rossde.com/PGP/pgp_backdoor.html

Back door conspiracies are bollocks, you could be legaly required to release your private key.

The source coce is freely available so if there were a backdoor it could be seen, or recompiled without it.

The US declared the sofware to be munitions if it exceeded levels of encryption and considered exporting to be illegal thus US and non US versions were available. (Though it varied from sites refusing to download to non US locations to you clicking a declaration that you were in the US)

Once it was 'reasonably' possible to crack a key all restrictions were removed. Note it has aways been possible to crack hence 'Pretty Good Privacy' - just very time consuming.
 

msr

LE
msr said:
Just for the record:

"This offer does not extend to 9.12. There is no plan at this time for this to happen. "

So truecrypt it will have to be.

msr
Just announced: version 9.12 available with the MOD license.

Glad someone saw sense :)

msr
 
msr said:
msr said:
Just for the record:

"This offer does not extend to 9.12. There is no plan at this time for this to happen. "

So truecrypt it will have to be.

msr
Just announced: version 9.12 available with the MOD license.

Glad someone saw sense :)

msr
But still not for Linux. I feel discriminated against.
 
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The links are still on Armynet but I can't seem to get this to work - PGP is now part of Symantec so I don't know if the licence is still valid. Is there any other decent free encryption software for IT dullards like me?
 

Grumblegrunt

LE
Book Reviewer
most of the big commercial encryption is 'sponsored' by the NSA and has been since we brits invented it at GCHQ yonks ago. lots of ex nsa geeks founded these companies and a govt contract in return for the keys is usual practise.

a lot of this stuff is re-invented so we arent supposed to know thats its old hat by the time it gets to us. like that new thing re-invented by a yank student which can send data and power to a bug on the other side of a clean room/vault wall. GCHQ came up with it years ago apparently.

they still need to run a supercomputer to crack it but it takes a fraction of the time when they know the algorithm used.

the hardest ones to crack are the ones encoded into pictures which you can make with freeware progs like camoflage, the super high tech paedo rings can send pictures within pictures to really make it hard for plod

for general encryption to secure your laptops overseas then bitlocker within windows has good reviews and you can set a usb/flash drive as a key so it wont boot up unless present. pretec bullet has a similar bit of software installed.
 
[Thread awakening warning]

The links are still on Armynet but I can't seem to get this to work - PGP is now part of Symantec so I don't know if the licence is still valid. Is there any other decent free encryption software for IT dullards like me?
Truecrypt. It's free and seems quite good. You can encrypt your entire disk so you need a password to boot the machine. You can create files that behave like encrypted disks so you have to enter a password to mount the disk and make its contents available.

PGP will do both of these things and encrypt your email into the bargain but it costs a fair bit. PGP will also let you use a smart card like the Yanks' Common Access Card instead of a password.

One advantage of Truecrypt is that it is supposed to provide encrypted disks that are "hidden" i.e. not detectable on the file system. Hence if you and your laptop get captured by Colonel Gadaffi, he wont try to torture you to reveal the contents of that file called GOATPRN.DSK
 

Grumblegrunt

LE
Book Reviewer
as to proof - cheltenham is 8 miles up the road and I know a few employees beyond my godfather who used to run the NSA part of the place.

they refurbished the buildings up at battle flats when they realised the donut wasnt big enough and the two old super computers up there spend all day churning through data as they cant afford to replace them and apparently if they switch them off there is a good chance they might not reboot properly.

no opsec to worry about as its common knowledge if you read up on it. the local papers covered the site redevelopment as a lot of the old ww2 huts became a sainsburys and housing estate which was probably bigger news.
 

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