Creating a private/public key...
Wed, 13 Sep 2000 17:25:29 -0400 (EDT)
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On Wed, 13 Sep 2000, L. Sassaman wrote:
> Lokmail stores and decrypts the private keys on the server, does it not?
True. You don't have control of the Lokmail server. That's a current
limitation of it. There's nothing we can do about that basic fact.
We can't replace GPG or PGP on the user's computer, but we CAN provide
some basic PKI for casual users email, giving ordinary or mobile folks a
chance to sign their mail and keep their enemies out of their business.
There are other players in the field, but none of them seem to be
interested in interoperability with the huge PGP userbase, so screw 'em.
It will never be PGP, but it fills a niche, and it's a good alternative
for many people, and I'm excited about making it available.
How many people are you forced to communicate insecurely with because
they're unable/unwilling to use PGP for whatever reason? The answer
in my case is 'a lot'. A lot of my friends and even business associates
(*gasp*) are 'hotmail' types, and I can't change that. What I can do
is offer them and everyone else a service that introduces them to the
wonderful world of private communication, probably for the first time
in their lives. `Anything you write can be printed out and put on your
bosses desk tomorrow morning, so watch yourself', I have to remind them.
I'd rather not have to do that, so this is a solution for them.
Sorry if this is offtopic, but thousands of Lokmail users are also
going to be GnuPG users (indirectly) very soon. :)
"The Funk, the whole Funk, and nothing but the Funk."
Billy Donahue <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>
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