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Heath Stewart is a happily married software engineer originally from the Midwest and a graduate of Iowa State University. Heath start programming early in life and enjoys continuous research and development in new languages, frameworks, and platforms. Fluent in many different programming languages, he has developed many large-scale software solutions for companies in different areas, such as Internet filtering, intrusion detection systems, production management systems, and web applications for various purposes. He also enjoys photography.

Currently, Heath is a Program Manager in the Visual Studio Professional Deployment Experience (VSPro DEX) team at Microsoft. Previous to his employment, he was a Microsoft MVP for Visual C#.

He is also a CodeProject protector and is happy to help the development community.
31 Dec 2004 CodeProject MVP 2005

 

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GeneralPGP Pin
Heath Stewart13-Jul-03 7:00
protectorHeath Stewart13-Jul-03 7:00 
While I was writing my GeekCode below, the signature lines reminded me of one of my favorite applications: PGP[^].

PGP is a multi-algorithm public key encryption system that uses a trust mechanism similar to our own social relationships rather than the hierarchical-based systems like X509. Developed by Phil Zimmerman in the late 80's and released in '91 on BBS's in the US, it's intended purpose was to give peacekeepers a secure way of communicating - one that the government - not even our own - could crack. To this day, the US government still can't crack RSA keys above 512 bits and the Diffie-Hellman is even better. Rest assured - when holes are fixed - the governments aren't getting in.

PGP was also intended to be free and still is, in its most basic form (which is for what it was intended) at www.pgp.com[^] and www.pgpi.com[^] (International). If you caugh-up some dough, you can get other advancements to PGP like PGP disk, a virtual, PGP-encrypted disk, firewalling and corporate LAN support and more. On linux, it is recommend you use GPG, which is a GPL'd implementation of PGP. Though Phil has resigned from Network Associates (not worthy of a link) for political differences, he currently consults for the OpenPGP alliance[^], which has authored several RFC's.

New to PGP? Everything2[^] has a great node[^] on it. Basically, you have a private and public key. The public key, as the name suggests, can be and should be shared with the public. You encrypt messages intended for others using their public key. The owner of the public key (the recipient) uses their private key to decrypt it. To authenticate messages, one signs their messages by encrypting the message hash (either MD5 or SHA1 is supported) with their private key while the recipient verifies the signature with your public key, thereby verifying that the message did come from you and that it wasn't tampered with (the reason for the hash).

So, before I post my public key here on CodeProject (it's available elsewhere and on the key servers, but I figured, "what the heck?"), let me conclude with a quote from Phil Zimmerman that sums-up why general encryption control and back doors are wrong: "If you outlaw privacy, only outlaws will have privacy."

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GeneralIt's in the Docs Pin
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