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RootPrompt.org: Snake Oil Warning Signs: Encryption Software to Avoid

May 15, 2000, 14:28 (2 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Noel for this link. ]

"If you ever have been asked by a PHB, or other type of manager to review a crypto package or find your self making decisions about what sorts of crypto (if any) to use then take a look at this FAQ."

"If the vendor's description appears to be confusing nonsense, it may very well be so, even to an expert in the field. One sign of technobabble is a description which uses newly invented terms or trademarked terms without actually explaining how the system works. Technobabble is a good way to confuse a potential user and to mask the vendor's own lack of expertise."

"Avoid software which uses secret algorithms. This is not considered a safe means of protecting data. If the vendor isn't confident that its encryption method can withstand scrutiny, then you should be wary of trusting it."

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