pEp offering free encryption for all messaging

Open source pEp solution to deliver easy encryption of all online communications

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pEp offering free encryption for all messaging pEp is intended to be a simple to use encryption solution that will extend across all platforms.
By  Mark Sutton Published  September 16, 2014

A new company is offering a free suite of software to encrypt all communications via the internet.

pEp (pretty Easy privacy) SA has developed an open source solution which is designed to work with existing communications tools to provide full Internet privacy to private and corporate users.

The pEp solution encrypts all types of messages (SMS, email, WhatsApp, Facebook, Jabber, etc.) across platforms and on all device types running Windows, Mac OS X, iOS, Android and GNU/Linux. Users simply hit ‘send'; pEp seamlessly ensures that messages leave originating devices in the most secure way compatible with all established crypto standards including Open PGP, S/MIME and CMS.

pEp ensures that received encrypted messages are answered in the same encrypted way. Security is further enhanced when both sides use pEp, as the peer-to-peer communication uses an anonymous transport that makes meta-data fully unreadable to attackers.

"Technical [aspects] such as picking keys, and understanding cryptography algorithms are automatically handled by computers, [so that] users only need to hit ‘send,'" says Volker Birk, a German software architect and known activist within the hacker community. "The Cypherpunks are actively engaged in making networks safer and truly private. Let us proceed together apace."

Leon Schumacher, the Luxembourgish Co-Founder and CEO of pEp as well as former Group CIO of pharmaceutical giant Novartis added: "What good is having private communications with friends only after hours? Companies also need privacy and security that meets and actually exceeds that of the so-called ‘private person'. Current solutions have been unable to meet the needs of the corporate user.

"We therefore have integrated all corporate requirements and developed a solution that brings privacy and security together in a simple way for both types of users," Schumacher adds.

Microsoft Outlook with Microsoft Office365 is the first platform pEp supports. The solution secures communication without the need for configuration, simply doing what it's designed for. pEp‘s enterprise version's features include key escrow and supports of fully automated software rollout tools.

The pEp Outlook solution is currently undergoing testing with three Fortune 500 companies. The project team's next step is pEp's rollout for use with iOS and Android devices, and web browser plug-ins.

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