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|Posted: 01/20/05 3:53 pm ::: Ciphire offers safer e-mail
|Story location: http://www.wired.com/news/infostructure/0,1377,66324,00.html
Citibank is worried about you.
PayPal is peeved and is about to pull the plug on your account unless you take action right now. EBay is perturbed about your latest auction purchase, Visa is fretting that someone may be up to no good with your credit card, and some bank named SunTrust needs your mother's maiden name immediately if not sooner.
Plus, at least a dozen of your friends and colleagues have apparently sent e-mails promising you love, lust, a cool game or access to vital information if you'll just click on the attached file. Yes, it's just another happy day in your spam- and scam-packed inbox.
Happily, help is available. Ciphire Mail, a new and soon-to-be-open-source application, aims to put an end to these sorts of annoyances with strong and user-friendly e-mail authentication and encryption.
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The Ciphire Mail application, free for individual users, nonprofit organizations and the press[twh1] , works in conjunction with all standard e-mail programs. It operates almost invisibly in the background, encrypting and decrypting e-mail missives and digitally signing each message to confirm its source.
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In close to a month of testing, Ciphire Mail performed almost perfectly on computers running Windows XP and Mac OS X version 10.3, with Outlook 2003, Eudora and the Thunderbird mail clients on the Windows box, and Eudora and Thunderbird on the Mac.
Setup was a snap: Just download and install the client, choose which e-mail addresses you want to associate with Ciphire, enter a password, and the application sets itself up.
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