In a bid to provide secure delivery of information via private networks and the Internet, Network TeleSystems (NTS) has unveiled what it says is the first email package that lets its users take advantage of Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) encryption.
PGP is a well-known encryption package originally developed and patented by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and now marketed by ViaCrypt. The new email package from NTS is called Confidant and can use PGP to encrypt and decrypt data and authenticate the sender's identity by adding a digital signature to messages.
Commercial users of Confidant who want to use PGP encryption will have to license PGP code separately from ViaCrypt. Noncommercial users will be able to simply download a public domain copy from MIT or other ftp sites to use it in conjunction with Confidant.
Confidant encrypts messages and attachments separately.
As for regular email functions, Confidant will include an address book and let users sort mail into folders and view mail lists by sender, recipient, or subject.
The Confidant software will support the Simple Mail Transport Protocol (SMTP) and Post Office Protocol (POP3) and runs over any Winsock-compliant TCP/IP protocol stack.
Confidant, which is set to ship in March, will be priced at $20.