[FoRK] GPG/PGP for MS-Outlook - Suspicious absence of options
Frank Bergman (fraber)
fraber at fraber.de
Mon Jul 1 08:29:51 PDT 2013
Did you ever try to install PGP/GPG on Windows Outlook?
There are only very limited options (see below). I'm
not a big fan of conspiracy theories, but I can't
imagine that there is no market for that, particularly
given the ease of creating an Outlook plug-in that
communicates with GPG...
Here is what I found:
- PGP got bought by Symantec, they don't release the
source code anymore (NSA backdoor), and the purchasing
page is currently broken on their Web site
(Symantec Internal Error Page! An Internal Exception
has occurred. Please contact Administrator.)
- GPG exists, but is very GNU (GNU's Not User-friendly)
- There are several Outlook plug-ins, but none of
them worked for me. At least you can say they
don't receive a lot of attention:
- G-Data (abandoned since 2009)
- gpg4win.de (German only, hangs with my Outlook)
- GPGol (buggy, didn't work for me)
This mess contrasts with the relative ease of developing
Outlook plug-ins. I believe there is a great opportunity
to develop a software free for private use software that
would require a license for professional use. Maybe the
developers could make key management a bit easier by
providing "half secure" features or "default scenarios"
(like Ruby - convention over configuration) like
automatically importing keys from friends or similar.
Sure, that's not 100.000% secure, but 99.999% is better
than sending out unencrypted stuff...
I'll be happy to help with writing the business plan
and with experience running low-budget start-ups :-)
PR expenses will be close to zero in the current
environment of public outrage in Europe and other parts
of the world, where even mass-media would write about
any reasonable product. And marketing could be completely
viral if the system sends out mails with a viral footer
inviting the receiver to download and install the system.
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