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The Ultra-Simple App That Lets Anyone Encrypt Anything


Encryption is hard. When NSA leaker Edward Snowden wanted to communicate with journalist Glenn Greenwald via encrypted email, Greenwald couldn't figure out the venerable crypto program PGP even after Snowden made a 12-minute tutorial video.

Nadim Kobeissi wants to bulldoze that steep learning curve. At the HOPE hacker conference in New York later this month he'll release a beta version of an all-purpose file encryption program called miniLock, a free and open-source browser plugin designed to let even Luddites encrypt and decrypt files with practically uncrackable cryptographic protection in seconds.

"The tagline is that this is file encryption that does more with less," says Kobeissi, a 23-year old coder, activist and security consultant. "It's super simple, approachable, and it's almost impossible to be confused using it."

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Comment by Ed Price
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Most of the Bitcoin people who know a little about its programming, hail it as an ingenious idea for sending money securely. And they are right. The thing that they have overlooked is how simple it is to set the Bitcoin client up on your computer.

With Bitcoin, all you need to do is download the program, double click the icon on your desktop (or in download folder), and the program installs on your computer with little else needed.

Why is this significant for PGP? Because Bitcoin is all about encryption, just like PGP. The basic difference is that Bitcoin has gone to a whole lot of EXTRA trouble to add the blockchain network.

Seems to me that you should be able to scrap the blockchain part of the programming, add a big message section - Bitcoin already has a tiny message section built into its signature portion, and you would have something that is easy to install on your computer, with all the encryption strength of both Bitcoin and PGP.

Seems to me that several companies have started doing this. Yet it isn't being promoted as a product. Is Symantec, the current owner of PGP, somehow blocking this legally?

Symantec is popular for their internet security protocols. In fact, they are bundled with almost all new computers these days. Why haven't they made PGP easy? Or have they (I have never used it through them)? Or is it the fact that it is too expensive through Symantec?

Of course, maybe it is a big conspiracy.

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