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The first piece of PublicKeyCryptography for the masses. PhilZimmerman? wrote this and released it to be out before a law against encryption passed in order to have it be grandfathered.

While public encryption has gone from this to SecureSocketsLayer?, SecureShell? and into almost every browser, this was where the legal issues first came out.

http://www.pgp.com/ -- PGP Corporation
http://www.pgpi.org/ -- The International PGP Home Page
http://www.gnupg.org/ -- GNU Privacy Guard, a GPLed implementation

PGP incorporated a WebOfTrust in its design. PGP users were encouraged to digitally sign the public keys of other PGP users they trusted. The number of trusted signatures was used to determine the trust level of unfamiliar public keys.



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