Internet promotes interactivity among PC users worldwide. It is a boon to
communications and data transference. However, this interconnectivity also
creates data security and privacy issues. Data encryption techniques can
solve many data security issues by making encrypted data virtually
impossible to read without the proper decryption tools. Many resources
such as learning guides, tutorials, FAQs, and news articles are available
online. Other encryption resources such as encryption companies and
software are also available online as well.
Information A good starting point for “decoding” the baffling
world of encryption is to read definitions of encryption terms. Visit both
to read their definitions of terms such as “encryption” and “ciphertext”.
Additionally, these pages allow you to access other Web pages containing
encryption topics. The Web site HowStuffWorks.com
provides an excellent article about how software encryption works. Topics
covered at this site include public and private key encryption techniques,
hashing algorithms, and authentication. You can access more information
about encryption and security by going to the Yahoo.com
Directory page. This Web page offers numerous links to sites with
PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) resources.
Encryption Resources Some
of the very best encryption resources found online are tutorials. These
tutorials cover many encryption topics, ranging from descriptions of
encryption software, to using encryption solutions. An excellent
encryption tutorial can be found at the site www.cs.auckland.ac.nz/~pgut001/tutorial.
The Web page www.cs.auckland.ac.nz/~pgut001/links.html
serves as a source for links to many other encryption information sites.
changes rapidly as it tries to keep pace with computer and communications
technologies. Keeping informed about the latest developments in encryption
laws can help to give you the edge in keeping your data secure. Current
encryption legislation articles can be obtained at the site www.cdt.org/crypto
and at www.techlawjournal.com/encrypt/Default.htm.
Security Software and Companies In
response to the growing need for more sophisticated data encryption and
security measures, many companies offer both services and software to a
wide range of customers. To read about a variety of encryption services
and software, visit any of the following sites. Commercial and freeware
versions, as well as PGP software can be downloaded from these sites as
Additional Links Browse
the PGP FAQ found at www.faqs.org/faqs/pgp-faq.
Whether you have a specific question or you are looking for additional
information about encryption, this is the place to check. Also, be sure to
visit the glossary
of digital privacy terms for help with deciphering the more
technical encryption resources.