Stefan Bellon ensures RISC OS users get Pretty Good PrivacyBy 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.
- 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
- 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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