Is this guy paranoid ? (PGP)

Discussion in 'privacy technology' started by bb, Oct 17, 2002.

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  1. bb

    bb Guest

    I was looking for PGP software at and I came across this review submitted by someone .

    More out of curiosity I decided to post it here for your reactions. what do you make of it !

    PGPfreeware 7.0.3

    "Concerned Resident"
    "PGP: Gone are the days of true encryption"
    The older versions of PGP were the ultimate security and encryption solution. Now, you are better off programming one yourself. Let me explain... I reside in the United States and I am very concerned about how the government is practicing its anti-privacy "laws." Regarding computers, one of the biggest pro-government organization, Microsoft?, is known by many to infiltrate its ever-so notorious operating system, Windows?, by secretly placing code written for (and most likely by) the government. And at what cost? Well, Microsoft? is still a monopoly, right? The last time I checked the laws of the United States of America, a monopoly was strictly forbidden and must have ceased operations. Simply it's a win-win situation: Microsoft? provides the government with an infiltrated 'popular' operating system, while the government allows Microsoft? to stay as a monopoly. More money for Bill, right? What about the latest trials, you say? What happened, my friend? Nothing! It was just a campaign that was greatly publicized to show how the good 'ole U.S.A. was hunting down monopolies. Why wasn't the trails' outcome publicized? Can't you figure that one out yourself? Regarding PGP, the government is very knowledgeable about its existence. Because reality is that the government must have greater power than the people (forget what you learned in high school about how "the people run the government"), they created a corporation to purchase PGP and to rewrite the software. And what's wrong with that, you might ask? Well, it is now closed-source! Previously, PGP was open-source. Meaning, the programming code was open to the public to view. Now, being closed-source, the programming code is hidden to the public and is only viewable to its developers and selected parties (e.g., government agencies). The ideology behind open-source is to not only get people involved making software better, but also have peace of mind knowing there are no secret coding to hurt innocent people of their rights. My view is: "If you have nothing to hide, why not make it open-source?" No wonder why the open-source operating system, UNIX/Linux/etc., is not being strongly marketed in American markets and being labelled as "you don't want this OS for your home - get Windows? instead... now." Don't you see why? They want each and every person to be Microsoft?-compatible so they, too, will have control over you. You are very ignorant if you still believe PGP is very secure. If you still don't believe what I have been talking about, know this: the corporation that bought the original PGP software was "Network Associates." Don't think the word "was" is a typo. "Network Associates" (the name probably represents government "associates"), has now decided to stop "developing" PGP and has handed it to McAfee? (another pro-government organizations) for them to incorporate into their own products. "Network Associates" (most likely referred to as "Operation Network Associates") was just a purchase-and-kill operation. They bought PGP; they rewrote it; infiltrated it to destroy its credibility; and now it's dead. The U.S. government, acting against the Constitution and Bill of Rights, does not want any sense of privacy to its citizens. They want to see, hear, smell, taste, and feel what you are doing and what you are thinking (talking, communicating, etc.). Welcome to the 21st entury. "Democracy" in the United States? I spit on it. It is worth nothing!
  2. FanJ

    FanJ Guest


    This guy should for example read the posting of Luv2bsecure about upcoming new PGP:
  3. LowWaterMark

    LowWaterMark Administrator

    Aug 10, 2002
    New England
    Well, that guy might be just a little over the top. ;)

    Yeah, with the new company returning PGP to open-source again, it kind of wrecks this guys argument. But, I'm sure he'll find another conspiracy somewhere. :rolleyes:
  4. bubs

    bubs Registered Member

    Apr 28, 2002
    Suffolk, England
    NAi's guardianship of PGP seems to have aroused suspicions, despite Phil Zimmerman's (inventor of PGP) public statements that there was no backdoor feature in 7.xx (6.5.8 code was released for peer review).

    As others have indicated, things are looking up with PGP8.0 source code being released (not sure if its happened yet). The app itself is great!

    For those who still smell a rat, there is always the Gnu Privacy Guard AKA GPG which is truly open source, and can run on Windows, compete with 'shell' GUI.

    I just wish that more people used it........
  5. Mr.Blaze

    Mr.Blaze The Newbie Welcome Wagon

    Feb 3, 2003
    on the sofa
    actualy hes kinda right but he keeps missing the mark lol.

    its like hes close to the target but missing so yeah hes parynoide i know the truth but the truth has to remain dead and it wouldnt even mater if every one knew simply put you cant do a thing about it.

    you just have to deal with it
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