When you send a regular email message it’s like sending a postcard to a friend. Everyone who the post card passes through can read your letter. Sending email is very similar – and worse. Not only can anyone with the know how read your email messages but unlike a postcard they don’t have to be physically “near” the email message. The Internet is one large network, so someone with the right tools and know how can be in Trinidad and read your message sent from Michigan.
Pretty Good Privacy Corporation and other companies have software that encrypts your email communication (and more) so that ONLY those you have authorized can read your email message.
PGP Corporation writes that they have released a completely redesigned, PGP Desktop version 9.0, which incorporates PGP Universal technology to provide automatic encryption, decryption, digital signatures, verification, and recipient key lookup, making it appropriate for both novice and power users alike. New features in PGP Desktop 9.0 include a completely redesigned user interface, AOL(R) Instant Messenger(TM) and iChat encryption, S/MIME interoperability, seamless integration with the PGP Global Directory (a repository of keys for PGP users worldwide), and significantly improved compression.
Download the beta version herehttp://www.pgp.com/downloads/beta/
PGP Desktop Professional 9.0 provides comprehensive data protection for individual desktops, allowing organizations to protect the sensitive business information of critical users without disrupting current business processes. This award-winning, easy-to-use solution secures email, files, virtual volumes, and even entire disks from a single desktop application. PGP Desktop is designed to operate in all major corporate email environments without changing or adding to the centralized infrastructure.
What’s new in this version:
– Integrated user interface provides quick access to all of PGP Desktop’s powerful features
– Integration with all major messaging systems, providing fully automated message security with granular user-controlled policy options
– Integration with PGP Global Directory
– Integration with PGP Universal, allowing PGP Desktop to work as a stand-alone desktop client (as in prior versions) or as a PGP Universal Satellite client in a PGP Universal environment
– Support for PGP Zip archives, allowing users to encrypt/sign files and directories into a single compressed, secure archive
– Support for advanced compression algorithms BZip2 and ZLib
– Automatic encryption of AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) and Apple iChat instant messaging sessions and file transfers with other PGP Desktop 9.0 users
– Optional PGP Whole Disk Encryption provides non-stop encryption of a hard drive and all its contents down to the boot level (requires Windows XP SP1 or SP2)
– FIPS 140-2 Validation of core PGP encryption by FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standards), part of NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology )
– English, German, and Japanese language support, including documentation and help