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Stefan Bellon ensures RISC OS users get Pretty Good Privacy

By Chris Williams. Published: 31st Jan 23:39:47 | Permalink | Printable


Stefan Bellon has recently announced a new version of the RISC OS implementation of popular internet encryption system, PGP. In his announcement statement, Stefan writes..

GnuPG is a complete and free replacement for PGP. Because it does not use the patented IDEA algorithm, it can be used without any restrictions. GnuPG is a RFC2440 (OpenPGP) compliant application.
GnuPG itself is a commandline tool without any graphical stuff. It is the real crypto engine which can be used directly from a command prompt, from obey scripts or by other programs. Therefore it can be considered as a backend for other applications.
However, even when used on the command line it provides all functionality needed - this includes an interactive menu system. The set of commands of this tool will always be a superset of those provided by any frontends.
Features

  • Full replacement of PGP.
  • Does not use any patented algorithms.
  • GPLed, written from scratch.
  • Can be used as a filter program.
  • Full OpenPGP implementation.
  • Better functionality than PGP and some security enhancements over
    PGP 2.
  • Decrypts and verifies PGP 5, 6 and 7 messages.
  • Supports ElGamal (signature and encryption), DSA, RSA, AES, 3DES,
    Blowfish, Twofish, CAST5, MD5, SHA-1, RIPE-MD-160 and TIGER.
    (and optionally -- not GNU anymore -- you can use IDEA as well)
  • The User ID is forced to be in a standard format.
  • Supports key and signature expiration dates.
  • Integrated support for HKP keyservers (wwwkeys.pgp.net).
  • and many more things....

I hope that email reader/writer authors will support GnuPG in the future in a similar way like PGP 2.6.3ia is supported today.
You can download it from my homepage at www.sbellon.de

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