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LinuxSecurity.com: Keeping Your Private Files Private: An Introduction to GNU Privacy Guard

Mar 21, 2000, 15:54 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Richard C. Jankowski)

"Just about everything you do while connected to a network can be easily watched. System Administrators can rifle through your email, and disgruntled employees can intercept copies of your financial and legal documents as you transfer them across your LAN. Laptops are often stolen, and the loss is much greater if the system also contains confidential information."

"Sending sensitive information in email, transferring it around on a network, or even leaving it on your hard drive is the digital equivalent of putting that information on a neon billboard in Times Square."

"Encryption is one of the most effective ways to ensure your information is secure. Correctly using a good encryption package, such as GNU Privacy Guard (GnuPG), will help insure your data remains private. Email sent encrypted with GnuPG can only be decrypted by the person whom the message is intended. Encrypted messages which are intercepted and stolen are worthless to anyone but the intended recipient."

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