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Cryptography and Security

Who needs encryption? Anyone who values privacy. The #59 issue of CovertAction Quarterly has an article by New Zealand writer Nicky Hagar about the Global Surveillance Network, which is the means whereby the governments of the U.S.A. and the U.K., and to a lesser extent those of Canada, Australia and New Zealand (the five countries in the UKUSA espionage 'alliance') attempt to eavesdrop on every international telex, fax and email message. This is the ECHELON system, run by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA). In July 1997 plans were announced to double the capacity of the New Zealand spy station and to tap phone calls as well as non-voice communications (see Spy Power Boost for Secret Station). The way to foil the NSA eavesdroppers is to encrypt all communications. Their computers are the fastest that U.S. taxpayers' money can buy, but if many more people use encryption the NSA's computers will be overwhelmed by the sheer volume of encrypted traffic.


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These reports suggest that if you use an application program which uses Microsoft's CryptoAPI to encrypt data which you store on your PC then the NSA has a backdoor to that data, that is, the NSA can read what you think you have safely hidden away from their prying eyes.

The solution to this problem is to encrypt your data using an encryption system in whose development neither Microsoft nor the NSA had any part and which provides no backdoor — which does not let the NSA get at your data. Such a system is:

Cryptosystem ME6
Windows software for multiple file encryption for secure storage.

And based on the encryption algorithm used in ME6 there is:

Email Encryption End-to-End
A program for encrypting messages (optionally with an attached file)
to send by email, and for decrypting encrypted messages received.

In the area of security software see also:

Stego PNG
for hiding a data file within a PNG or a BMP image file.

Data Destroyer
for permanent destruction of the contents of disk files.

Recycle Bin Wiper
for permanent removal of deleted files in the Recycle Bin.

Backup Modified Files
Software to back up files in a folder and its subfolders;
all files, or just new and modified files, can be backed up.


An Introduction to the Use of Encryption

Evaluating Encryption Software


Other relevant documents on this site:

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