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PGP mini FAQ



Frequently Asked Questions about a nontechnical overview of PGP to help you decide whether or not to use this globally popular computer software to safeguard your computer files and e-mail.

This FAQ about nontechnical overview of PGP to help you decide whether or not to use this globally popular computer software to safeguard your computer files and e-mail was compiled and written by Andre Bacard abacard@well.sf.ca.us with numerous contributions by others.

-01 What is PGP?
PGP (also called Pretty Good Privacy) is a ...
-02 Who created PGP?
Philip Zimmermann wrote the ...
-03 Who uses PGP encryption [or other RSA-based systems]?
People who value privacy use PGP. Politicians ...
-04 Aren't computers and e-mail already safe? (PGP)
Your computer files (unless encrypted) can be read ...
-05 I have nothing to hide. Why do I need privacy? (PGP)
Show me a human being who has no secrets from her family,...
-06 I've heard police say that encryption should be outlawed because criminals use it to avoid detection. Is this true? (PGP)
The next time you hear someone say this, ask him if ...
-07 How does PGP work?
PGP is a type of public key cryptography. When ...
-08 How safe is PGP? Will it really protect my privacy?
Perhaps your government or your mother-in-law can ...
-09 Is PGP available for my machine?
Versions are available for DOS and Windows, as well ...
-10 Are these versions of PGP mutually compatible?
Yes. For example, a document encrypted with PGP on a ...
-11 Where do I get PGP?
For computer non-experts, the easiest way to get PGP is ...
-12 How expensive is PGP?
The PGP versions that you will find at BBSs and ftp ...
-13 Is PGP legal in the United States?
Yes. MIT's PGP Version is licensed for non-commercial use. ...
-14 What is a PGP digital signature?
At the end of this document, you will see a ...
-15 How difficult is it to learn PGP?
PGP has around two dozen commands. It is a ...
-16 Where can I learn more about the PGP and related subjects?
The following News Groups are a good place to start:...
-17 Anything else I should know? (PGP)
YOUR privacy and safety are in danger! The black ...









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