From: lu...@sprynet.com (Jack Lupic)
Subject: PRETTY GOOD PRIVACY, INC. ANNOUNCES PGPMAIL - December 9, 1996
organization: Sprynet News Service
PRETTY GOOD PRIVACY, INC. ANNOUNCES PGPMAIL, A NEW
INTEGRATED EMAIL ENCRYPTION SOFTWARE PACKAGE, WITH
TOOLBAR PLUG-IN FOR EUDORA
REDWOOD SHORES, California, December 9, 1996 -- Pretty
Good Privacy, Inc. (www.pgp.com), the world leader in
digital-privacy software for individuals and
businesses, today announced PGPmail 4.5, an upgraded
version of the world's most popular method for
transmitting encrypted email messages and attachments
securely over the Internet or corporate intranets. The
stand-alone product especially benefits the millions of
users of QUALCOMM's popular Eudora email packages by
delivering a toolbar plug-in.
In addition to the new tight integration with Eudora,
PGPmail 4.5 is specially designed for the 32-bit
architecture of Windows 95/NT and supports MS-DOS, Mac
OS, UNIX and earlier versions of Windows.
PGPmail 4.5 is an upgraded version of Pretty Good
Privacy's core PGP email encryption product, originally
developed and distributed as freeware in 1991 by Philip
Zimmermann. Pretty Good Privacy's encryption software
is now used by millions of individuals and
corporations, and has since become the de facto
standard for secure digital communications.
"In traditional, non-digital communications,
privacy is easy. We write a letter, sign it,
and seal it in an envelope. The same should
be true in the digital world -- people need
trusted, easy-to-use ways to protect their
messages and data," said Philip Zimmermann,
Chairman and Chief Technology Officer of
Pretty Good Privacy. "PGPmail 4.5, with tight
integration with Eudora, will make privacy an
easily accessible toolbar item."
Using Pretty Good Privacy's trusted PGP encryption
[Service and Supportechnology, millions of Eudora
users will be able to
send electronic information transparently over public
and private networks without risk of interception.
Users will be able to encrypt, decrypt, verify and sign
options from Eudora's toolbar -- much as they select
the priority of a message from Eudora today. Pretty
Good Privacy, Inc. will shortly announce additional
toolbar plug-ins for other popular email packages.
Without the use of encryption technology, email
communications can be intercepted and read using widely
available packet-sniffing software. Encryption
technology "scrambles" email messages and ensures that
messages can only be read by the intended recipient.
Encryption is important in today's world, where public
networks are used to transmit sensitive documents, such
as legal contracts, medical records, and other
PGPmail is based on a public key cryptography system
that allows each user to generate a public key (which
can be distributed openly) as well as a private key
(which is never shared). The public key is used to
encrypt messages to a recipient. The private key is
used to decrypt those messages.
New features, as a result of the 32-bit architecture,
for Win95/NT include:
* MAPI support. Since PGPmail supports the Microsoft
Mail Application Program Interface (MAPI), users
can use PGPmail with Microsoft Exchange or
compatible email programs to send encrypted or
digitally signed documents directly from within
the PGP application.
* Application launch from within PGPmail. To view a
decrypted file quickly, a user simply clicks the
launch button to automatically start the
associated application and view the content.
* Access to PGPmail functions from the Explorer.
Users can implement PGPmail functions from the
Explorer, including both encrypting/signing and
For corporate customers, Pretty Good Privacy, Inc. will
continue to provide key features tailored specifically
to the needs of businesses, such as:
* Corporate Message Recovery. Fulfills the need by
network administrators to recover crucial
encrypted data in the event of an employee's
departure. This is done automatically by adding a
corporate key as an extra recipient that can
decrypt the message.
* Certified Key Retirement. Provides an individual
the ability to retract a prior certified key
signature on someone else's key. For corporations
this is useful when employees leave the company.
In those cases, the key is no longer certified by
the network administrator.
* Flexible Command Control. Enables easy
customization of features and commands by editing
the appropriate INI files within PGPmail 4.5 to
enable or disable commands.
* Enclyptor. Empowers users to conveniently encrypt
text or add digital signatures in most popular
email and word processing programs without leaving
the program via a function toolbar.
PGPmail 4.5 will be available for download from the
Pretty Good Privacy's website (www.pgp.com) in January
1997. Pricing will be announced by January 1997.
Operating system: MS-DOS, Microsoft Windows 3.x,
Microsoft Windows 95, MacOS System 7, or UNIX. 32-bit
version requires Windows 95 or Windows NT 4.0 and
16-bit version requires Windows 3.x or later.
Memory: 1 MB RAM
Disk space: 1.5 MB
Mike Nelson <mne...@pgp.com>
Todd Coffin <tco...@pgp.com>
Pretty Good Privacy, Inc.
415.654.3203, extension 3227
Copyright � 1996 Pretty Good Privacy, Inc., All Rights
Reserved. PGP, Pretty Good, and ViaCrypt are registered
trademarks of PGP, Inc. Pretty Good Privacy is a
trademark of PGP, Inc.
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