[Wolves] PGP

Jon Farmer jonfarmer at enta.net
Thu Aug 12 15:39:54 BST 2004

Helen Randle wrote:

> Well, I'm enjoying the discussion, but I have a question (hopefully it's one 
> other people might be thinking, although it could be just me!)
> What's PGP??
> I've got that it's some sort of digi sig thing, but what does it do? And how 
> does it help me??
> Helen

Hi Helen.

PGP stands for Pretty Good Privacy and is a public/private key 
(assymetric) cryptography product. It was developed by a guy called Phil 
Zimmerman who put together a load of emerging technologies into a 
product he called PGP. It allows you to digitally sign and encrypt any 
computer file and control who has the ability to decrypt the cipher.

PGP is now a commercial product and has to be licensed for commercial 
use. GPG is the open source GNU version.

Maybe PGP would be a good topic for a LUG talk.



Jon Farmer
Systems Programmer
Entanet International Ltd
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