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Hermetic Systems releases a program for secure end-to-end email encryption

Despite substantiated reports that at least one major US telephone service provider gave the National Security Agency full access to its customers’ phone calls, and shunted its customers’ internet traffic to data-mining equipment installed in a secret room in its San Francisco switching center, most Americans still transmit their email in plaintext, allowing it to be scanned by data-sniffers. (The NSA was ordered by a court to stop, but who knows if they complied?) This may be because most Americans don’t give much thought to the possibility that their email could be the subject of eavesdropping, or it could be because for some reason it doesn’t worry them, or it could be because encrypting email has in the past been a somewhat tricky practice to get right (so was deemed not worth the effort).

There are several reasons why email encryption can be difficult, or insecure: Some systems are quite secure but require an elaborate procedure before email can be sent to (and read by) another person. Messages scanned in transit can in the case of some systems reveal that encrypted information is present, thus alerting an eavesdropper to something to look for. Some systems encrypt a message only after it is uploaded to a server, with the message (in plaintext) being vulnerable to interception between the user’s PC and the server.

Hermetic Systems has release software for email encryption which involves none of these difficulties. But why would you want to use it? For correspondence with your family you probably don’t need to. But, for example, suppose you are collaborating with others in a project which requires an exchange of confidential information, which competitors might like to get their hands on. You might be wanting to transmit Excel files containing sensitive financial data, or images with blueprints for a new design.

The new software, entitled ‘Email Encryption End-to-End’, uses an encryption method in which the key used for encryption is the same as the key used for decryption, so your correspondent(s) must know the key you used to encrypt a message. This can be transmitted more-or-less securely, especially if you can meet your correspondent(s) in person. Assuming this can be accomplished, the actual sending and receiving of encrypted messages is quite simple. You run the program (on your PC), compose a message of up to 60 KB in size (or upload it to the program from a file) and specify an encryption key, then hit the ‘Encrypt’ button. This creates a ciphertext file (which you can name as anything you want), and to send it to a correspondent you simply attach it to an ordinary email message. The ciphertext can masquerade as an image file or as a file using some obscure file format, so there’s no indication that encryption is being used.

You correspondent receives the ordinary email, saves the attached (ciphertext) file, runs the software, tells it where to find the file, specifies the encryption (now decryption) key, and hits the ‘Decrypt’ button, whereupon the message appears.

Moreover, ‘Email Encryption End-to-End’ allows you to send, in addition to a text message, a file of any type and up to 1 MB in size. The text message and the file are then combined and encrypted together to produce the ciphertext file. This allows you to send an MS Word file, an Excel file, an image file, etc., in addition to the text message.

The program has an introductory price of US$29.75. A multi-user license is also available (at a discount) for up to 10 users. Such a license is useful for a group of colleagues working together on a single project. A multi-user license requires only a single email address, that of the purchaser of the license, and the email addresses of the purchaser’s email correspondent(s) are not needed.

A trial version can be freely downloaded from the user manual page athttp://www.hermetic.ch/eee/eee.htm. This is a 14-day trial with which only one key (‘abcd efgh ijkl mnop’) can be used for encryption, so it allows testing but (since the key is public knowledge) cannot be used for secure email encryption.

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Made4Biz Security Inc announced today a trade-in plan for RSA’s SecureID

Each SecureID customer can switch their SecureID devices to IDentiWall while using their SecureID’s past investments as credit against the IDentiWall license fee.

Such trade-in is guaranteed to be financially compelling and technically superior.

The innovative trade-in plan makes sure that switching customers enjoy:

  • Better, newest security technology that protects its users against all latest attacks even if their computer is contaminated with malwares or even if their ID is exposed.
  • Wider security coverage, which includes not only two-factor authentication, but also combines transaction verification, anti-phishing, anti-farming, as well as breach attempt notification.
  • All platform coverage including Desktops, Tablets, Smartphone
  • VPN and SSL-VPN user authentication
  • E-Banking, m-Banking, e-Health, e-Government web application protection with special ‘application agnostic’ mode by which, not even one line of code needs to be changed.
  • Polite implementation including co-existence with SecureID for the transition period and built-in implementation risk elimination measures.
  • No physical devices to be distributed and yet out-of-the-box support for such token devices and smart-cards does exist.
  • Lowest TCO. This trade-in plan was designed to ensure cost savings for the whole duration of the IDentiWall usage.
  • Cloud or on-site implementation options are supported.

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SpamAid 4.0 – a Microsoft Outlook add-on that keeps your Inbox clean of unsolicited emails

SoftLogica announces SpamAid 4.0, a new version of its Microsoft Outlook add-on designed to keep your Inbox clean of unsolicited emails.

The program is based on Bayesian filtering technology. It automatically learns using your personal correspondence to increase the filtration accuracy. Quarantined e-mails are stored in a separate ‘Spam’ folder. Users can manage their friends and enemies lists or build their own filters. The program has an option to test outgoing mail for potential risk of being filtered as spam. Recognition of newsgroup messages using Safe Recipients list and automatic inclusion of outgoing mail recipients into Friends List are available. SpamAid is provided with POP3, IMAP, HTTP and MS Exchange support.

What’s new in version 4.0:

– Ability to automatically delete undoubted Spam. If you face a very high spam load, you may lose a lot of time browsing the content of your ‘Spam’ folder to check for good messages filtered by mistake, because no spam filter is perfect. However, considerable amount of messages can be recognized as spam with 100% accuracy. Now you can configure 5 rules for SpamAid to delete such messages immediately while putting all other suspicious messages to the ‘Spam’ folder for further possible review.

– Potentialities of wildcards for phrase filtering. You can use wildcards when specifying the spam/non-spam recognition keywords to deal with phrase variations.

– Outlook 2003 style interface. With this new interface style the product will fit perfectly to the modern versions of Microsoft Outlook.

Pricing and Availability:

SpamAid is designed for Microsoft Outlook 2000/XP/2003 and priced at $29 USD per license. Volume discounts are available. Free technical support is provided by e-mail and by phone.

The 30-day trial version with full set of features: http://www.spamaid.com/spamaid.exe Program Interface Screenshot: http://www.spamaid.com/spamaid.gif Interface Screenshot, Jewel Case and Company Logo images in printable quality (TIFF, CMYK, 300 dpi): http://www.spamaid.com/spamaid-artwork.zip (1.64 Mb).

IT reviewers are encouraged to use this press release and any other related materials. We will be pleased to grant you a free license key. If you do not consider electronically distributed software, please e-mail us with the details of your postal address and we will send you a retail package. CD editors are authorized to include the 30-day trial version of SpamAid in their CD-ROMs.

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