CNN on PGP and alternatives

Peter Kuhm
Mon Apr 22 02:26:02 2002


Keeping e-mail encryption alive


Alternative answers?

The alternatives still need work.

Authora, for instance, lacks compatibility with non-Microsoft e-mail
software such as Eudora and Lotus Notes.

Gnu is only a command-line program and needs a graphical interface
to be attractive to the vast majority of users. A few interfaces, including
Windows Privacy Tray, have been developed but none are as versatile
or simple as Network Associates' program.

The Gnu project "is the thing that comes close to what PGP from (Network
Associates) was, and it's really not there yet," said David Del Torto,
executive director of the CryptoRights Foundation, which promotes
encryption for human rights workers.

Zimmermann, who chairs the OpenPGP Alliance and works with som
commercial distributors, thinks any viable alternative will also need
extensive marketing. And if the PGP user base is to expand, he said,
tools must be easier to use.