[ExchangeList] Re: pgp or ssl

  • From: "Jaspreet Singh" <jsjolly@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 10 Jul 2006 20:04:49 +0530

 
Hi Ara,
 
Windows does provide encryption and it is tied to your Windows password. The encryption itself is solid, not industrial grade, but solid enough. The major flaw with the Windows encryption system is that as soon as you are logged into your computer, any application or person can decrypt your files. The encryption works seamlessly in the background, which is nice, but opens the user up to an Internet or unauthorized user attack. If a malicious virus, Trojan, or user accesses your computer while you are logged in, it or they will have the same access rights as you. That means they can decrypt every file on your system.
Third Party Tools like PGP protects your files using industrial strength encryption (Paid Versoins) even if they do not still,they keep your files locked until you want them unlocked. There is no seamless encryption. If you are not currently using a certain protected file, it will remain safely locked and cannot be opened by any malicious virus, trojan, or any person who happens to have access to your computer. The vault password must be known to decrypt a protected file, unlike Windows which caches both the encryption & decryption keys in memory so that anyone can access your protected data, even if they don't know your password.

The short answer why people want and need to purchase encryption software, such as PGP
instead of using Windows encryption, is because the encryption software is secure and Windows encryption is not. I hope that helps answer your question.

Regards,
Jaspreet Singh Jolly 

 
On 7/10/06, Periyasamy, Raj <Raj.Periyasamy@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
http://www.msexchange.org
-------------------------------------------------------Ara,
Go with PGP Desktop, its quite user friendly, and effective. You can
encrypt both emails and documents. We've been using it for while, and I
know many large corporate use PGP Desktop (that's why we chose it ;).)


Regards,

HTH.
Regards,
Raj Periyasamy
MCSE(Messaging), CCNA



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Sent: Saturday, July 08, 2006 12:47 AM
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Subject: [ExchangeList] pgp or ssl

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-------------------------------------------------------Hello everyone,

I need some help to make the right decision. My boss wants to send
emails to a friend which will be probably only once a week. His friend
is using PGP so he suggested using pgp with thunder bird as the mail
client.

Since he is going to use it not so often, I thought it might be good
idea to use an encryption method and type the actual email inside a word
document and encrypt that word document and send it out. This way he
keeps using his current system and only goes through this step when
required.

Now the question is if this is a good idea and what pgp or ssl providers
are good for this situation. I also though of using this solution
http://www.pgp.com/products/desktop/home/index.html

We are using office 2003 with exchange 2003 on it.
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