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Thread: Securing Aim

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    I have the latest version of AIM and i was wondering if you guys knew of a way to encrpy the data that is sent between users (Wheather they be on AIM,trillian,etc.........)

    You guys seem to be very knowledgable,so i figured i'd ask here....


    The Dude

  2. #2
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    May 2003


    There is alot of ways to encrypt the data your sending, you can use a secure IM to send secure messages (check the Chat links, pinned topic), or if you must use AOL, then you might want to get PGP and use a textpad, encrypt the message, then paste it into AOL and send it, the recipient MUST also be able to decrypt the message, so you will have to set them up to receive.

    PGP Desktop

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    Those prices they are charging are scandelous.
    Considering PGP encryption code source was made public domain ( and the poor dude was charged for exportation of controlled amunitions ) I think its wrong to charge so much money for using someone elses intellect.

    Network associates used to issue PGP as a freebee.
    Newer versions they removed the PGP disk and sold it as a seperate product.

    I have the very last release of the Freeware version they made .

    I put it on a website and you can download it from this URL Get PGP Here

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    Originally posted by Dookie+Oct 28 2003, 08:55 AM--></span><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Dookie @ Oct 28 2003, 08:55 AM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'>Those prices they are charging are scandelous.
    Considering PGP encryption code source was made public domain ( and the poor dude was charged for exportation of controlled amunitions )

    I believe the website i posted, which you say have high prices, is Phil Zimmermans business, which he is the creator of PGP. PGP is released to the public, but the software suites are not. Phil released the source code for PGP, whatever you want to do with the source code, you can do, charge for a product made from the code, give your freebies away, similar to GNUPGP, but you can charge. that compnay is chargeing for the UI to PGP, else PGP can be hard to use without some sort UI, else it is mostly just a CLI app when compiled.
    Yes, if you export encryption software you too can be charged with exportation of munnitions. although the restrictions have been recently loosened, they are still in place. and if you download encryption software, your best never to give it to anyone else, just send them to a link, unless you live in a country that does not have exportation control on encryption software.

    @Oct 28 2003, 08:55 AM
    I think its wrong to charge so much money for using someone elses intellect.[/quote]

    the company Lindows does just that, they take GPL software, and say they made it, and then charge users for their "invented" Click-N-Run software, which is free everywhere else. so it is not uncommon to see.

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    May 2003


    Some more Encryption apps
    • CipherBox FREE, is an encryption tool which uses a 2048 bit encryption algorithm which allows a folder to be dragged into the main window, and the contents of that folder will be encrypted into one file.
    • OVSoft PowerCrypt 2000 FREE features powerful file encoder and fast MD5 checksum performing and encode filenames too
    • AxCrypt File Encryption - Personal Privacy and Security Freeware for Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2K/XP with AES-128 File Encryption, Compression and transparent Decrypt and Open in the original application.
    • RIPcoder FREE, encryption program for files & messages, USes DES encryption
    • Access Manager FREE, you can keep all your passwords in one safe place, uses BLOWFISH encryption
    • Airy Secrets (Keeper) FREE, autotypes and manages your passwords, protecting them by using, uses BLOWFISH encryption
    • PET FREE, suite of Encryption Tools including PFE, File Vault, VGP Editor, VGP Clipboard Encryption, and PVE Voice Encryption System, uses BLOWFISH encryption
    • DriveCrypt 1344 Bit Hard Disk Encryption, It uses virtual container as well as partition encryption and can hide data into music files.
    • Blackout Data Security 2.6 stealth-enabled program that protects your sensitive data with strong 448-bit encryption and erases your cookies, cache, internet temporary files, and shreds any file off of your computer, uses BLOWFISH encryption
    • CypherGuard CypherGuard provides the technology required by enterprises to seamlessly and transparently encrypt and secure communications and data transfers.Secure communications with transparent, dynamic key exchange and robust encryption, uses BLOWFISH encryption
    • Kremlin features secure encryption with such algorithms as DES, IDEA, and Blowfish
    • Wincrypt enables users to encrypt (lock) and decrypt (unlock) any type of file, folder or email attachment so that it becomes unreadable to anyone without the password. uses 256 bit AES encryption
    • Private Desktop allows you to keep a second, password-protected screen containing all your private applications. Uses Triple DES Encryption


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