Simple snoop-proof email launched

Wednesday, 12 January 2005, 12:05 AM EST

Software that aims to make encrypted email communications simple enough for even computer novices to use was released on Tuesday.

Encryption is the science of securing communications against eavesdropping by converting the content of a message into a code, or cipher, which can only be unlocked using a secret "key". But modern cryptography often involves using complex mathematical algorithms and convoluted key exchanges to protect messages against skilled code-crackers.

By Will Knight at New Scientist.

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