A software engineer named Phil Zimmermann created PGP back in 1991. He was an anti-nuclear activist and wanted a way to transfer information securely over the Internet. Zimmermann got into trouble with the US government in 1993 because PGP traveled international waters and reached a vast number of countries around the globe, violating US export restrictions for cryptographic software.
BENEFITS OF PGP ENCRYPTION
- Sensitive information is always protected. It cannot be stolen or viewed by others on the internet. It assures that the information that is sent or received was not modified in transmission and that files were not changed without your knowledge.
- Information can be shared securely with others including groups of users and entire departments.
- You can be certain who the email is from and who it is for. PGP verifies the sender of the information to ensure that the email was not intercepted by a third party.
- Your secure emails and messages cannot be penetrated by hackers or infected by email attacks.
- Others cannot recover sensitive messages or files once you have deleted them.
- PGP encryption software is very easy to learn how to use. With virtually no training, users are able to learn how to use it right away.