Linuxguru.net: An Introduction to GNU Privacy Guard
Sep 25, 2002, 04:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David D. Scribner)
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"Even though the concept of public-key cryptography for
encryption purposes was introduced close to three decades ago, and
PGP has been around for over a third of that, you'll likely find
that for some reason only a small number of PC users take full
advantage of public-key security. I, myself, am guilty of this.
When I first started using PGP 2.6 for DOS in the mid-nineties, it
was used for little more than encrypting local documents and files
for my own use. Few outside of technical circles had heard of it,
and the majority of the people I talked to felt it was too
cumbersome to use on a regular basis. That was then.
"Today, I use GnuPG for a variety of tasks. Whether it's to sign
and encrypt documents and contracts submitted to businesses,
encrypt local files, or merely sign email and files to ensure
others that no modifications have occurred to its content, I have
found GnuPG to be a 'must have' utility kept close at hand when
using my PCs..."