PGP Innovates With Encrypted Shared Folders

Encryption vendor PGP has just announced NetShare, which provides encrypted access to shared file folders.

The approach is interesting because traditional approaches have been problematic. Traditionally, you create a file directory and give access privileges to the people who need access to the directory. However, those users can copy the files elsewhere, such as their desktop. The files are then effectively out of control, and cleartext copies can easily be put into circulation.

With NetShare, when an authorized users wants access, that user is given an encrypted version that he or she opens with a private key. In other words, if a copy is removed from the directory, it remains encrypted. A nice idea. NetShare is available in beta form now from the PGP Web site, with general availability in late 2006. ... David Ferris

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