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Re: Email signing and encryption
From: Ken Layng <kml18 () PSU EDU>
Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2007 10:17:10 -0400

Many here at Penn State are using the free certs from Thawte. Bear in
mind the pros and cons of this approach. On the plus side, they're free,
and an internal PKI is not necessary, and the data is more private.
However, if certs are ever corrupted or lost, and a backup is not
available, it means total loss of the encrypted data. Also, many
institutions prefer to have control over the issuing of these
certificates.  This affords the ability to store the keys and therefore
help users recover from the lost key scenario mentioned above. However,
this presents exposure from the privacy side.  Finally, Thawte uses a
"Web of Trust". This approach trusts the user community to assert the
validity of individuals' identities.  Doing so increases the possibility
that a few rogue notaries could create false identities. An internal PKI
lets you control the process of assertions.

Ken Layng
Penn State


Gudena, Chandragupta wrote:
Email signing and encryption

Hi,

Is anyone using GnuPG (Gnu Privacy Guard) or PGP for digital signing
and email encryption purposes? If not are there any other solutions
that are being used? I would like to know your experience/ suggestions .

Thanks.

Chandragupta




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Hi,

Is anyone using GnuPG (Gnu Privacy Guard) or PGP for digital signing and
email encryption purposes? If not are there any other solutions that are
being used? I would like to know your experience/ suggestions .

Thanks.

Chandragupta




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Ken Layng
The Pennsylvania State University
ITS/TLT/Training Services
23 Willard
814-863-8800
kml18 () psu edu <mailto:kml18 () psu edu>

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