E-Mail Encryption: Why Isn't Everyone Doing It?
Wed Oct 23 18:41:01 2002
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On Wednesday 23 Oct 2002 2:43 pm, Gill, John wrote:
> The interface is too confusing for the "average-home" user. It's
> like asking them to perform a tune-up on a car. They just don't know
> or care to know. Encryption is a great idea, but because of user
> interface issues it's still for power-users or better.
What interface with GnuPG?
Even the proprietary PGP has a GUI interface, and its not too bad, but=20
could be refined. GnuPG has no GUI, and so it is even less embracing.
In Linux, there are NO GUI front ends that can be used for all GPG=20
commands; those that are available are merely key editors with some nod=20
towards encryption facilities. GPA, as an example, doesn't show trust=20
properly. In Windows you at least have GPGShell and WinPT; GPGShell is=20
the most PGP-like interface and the easiest to use (IMHO).
But both of these interface to a program that is commandline only: most=20
computer users in the world don't even know what a CLI is, and we're=20
going nowhere unless we break free from the limitations that imposes.
Surely its not beyond the expertise of those who produce such a=20
brilliant program an GnuPG to provide a GUI interface through which ALL=20
commands can be given and which (in Linux anyway) can be used as a=20
stand alone program to encrypt or sign emails even in MUAs without GPG=20
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