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Google's Ease-of-Use Email Encryption Project Goes Open Source
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macker490
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macker490,
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2/28/2017 | 6:33:22 AM
authentication
the key to the proper use of Public Key Encryption -- lies in understanding authentication

I could send you my public key.   or you can download it from the keyservers.   key ID: 4DEA0DAD

but how would you assure yourself that you have it correct?

it's not all that hard: you need an "introducer".    this could be just a phone call or a private meeting.   or it can be done using a trusted service

this is where things get hung up though.   and it's not the fault of the public; it's the fault of the software industry -- which has not moved forward with authentication and privacy -- even though the need is critical.    Tax returns -- Forms 1040 -- would be a first rate example.

as well as "phishing" type e/mails -- which have been a principle vector for malware.     all messages should be authenticated -- so that users can drop unwanted inputs.    unfortunately there's grifters about who are very much against the idea of bringing communication under control

for the record -- Public Key Incryption -- GPG/PGP -- has been available in e/mail -- incorporated into products such as Thunderbird/ENIGMAIL -- for a good many years now.    Echelon and CLAWS also incorporate GPG; too you can incorporate Symantec PGP/Desktop into MSFT/Outlook.

so what Google wants to do here isn't new.   it's Past Due.
Richard_ABT
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Richard_ABT,
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2/28/2017 | 12:23:54 AM
Will it be enough?
I've been trying to get friends and family to encrypt messages for years - with little to no success. Will this be enough to get people to start? I'm hopeful, but doubtful. I think it's going to fall upon all of us to make it even more seamless and invisible to the 'regular' end user. 


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