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Doug McLean | 12 Oct 2009 | 0 comments

Doug McLean - Blogmeister

Since Mark Twain uttered the title of this blog in 1897, hundreds if not thousands of technologies have been declared "dead."  Some technology obituaries, vacuum tube computers spring to  mind, were completely accurate. However,  I've been in the computer industry long enough to know that successful computing technologies rarely ever "die," they just get repurposed to work in new environments or to solve new problems. The best examples I can think of are SGML (Simple Graphic Markup Language) and ODA (Office Document Architecture). Both of these technologies were hot in the early '80s when the industry was looking for standardizing the way computers told printers how to render a page (and coincidentally creating massive markets for document and content management).  It turns out that both of these...

Shilpi Dey | 07 Oct 2009 | 0 comments

PGP Whole Disk Encryption for Mac OS X 10.6 beta recommends passphrases on French and German keyboards to use characters from a - z, A-Z and 0-9

More details here.

Shilpi Dey | 06 Oct 2009 | 2 comments

Shilpi Dey - Product Marketing Manager

I spent the better part of last week at the Intel Developer Forum, a great forum that brings together various technology solution providers who are integrating the next generation of Intel technologies. It was exciting and an honor to showcase PGP® solutions for Intel® Anti-Theft and Intel® AES-NI.

Standing at the booth surrounded by dazzling demos and silicon chips, I was taken back to when I bought my first laptop almost a decade ago. It was from an online auction site and was advertised as “scrubbed clean”. On...

Shilpi Dey | 05 Oct 2009 | 0 comments

While the chances are extremely low that a boot.efi file could become corrupt on a boot disk or partition protected by PGP Whole Disk Encryption, it is possible. If this occurs, it could prevent your system from booting. Prepare for this unlikely event by creating a recovery CD before you encrypt a boot disk or partition using PGP Whole Disk Encryption on a Macintosh Snow Leopard system.

This recovery disk is only available for usage on Macintosh OSX 10.5.8 (Leopard) and 10.6 (Snow Leopard) systems with PGP Desktop 10. Download the image for disks encrypted with PGP Desktop 10 ONLY.

Visit this Knowledge Base article for more information.

Admin | 05 Oct 2009 | 11 comments

As promised, we are pleased to announce the PGP Desktop v10 for Apple® Mac OS X beta program. This beta program will allow you to try the latest features for PGP Desktop Professional, PGP Desktop Home, PGP Desktop Email and PGP Whole Disk Encryption on Apple® Mac OS X platforms. In a nutshell, we think you'll find it simple, fast and secure, with:

  • Support for Snow Leopard 10.6 (x32 and x64)
  • Faster encryption and decryption
  • Safeguards against boot disk corruption

Here are a few things you might be wondering:

Which Apple® Mac OS X platforms are supported in the beta program? Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) and 10.6 (Snow Leopard)

What is the process? Details on the Beta program can be found here.  Once you complete and accept the beta license agreement you will...

Doug McLean | 02 Oct 2009 | 0 comments

It's been more than a month since my last posting and it's been surprisingly quiet on the cybercrime front since the Albert Gonzalez plea deal was announced. There have been a few new stories like this one in Network World summarizing how organized crime, mostly Russian, is taking over the global cybercrime industry. Followers of this blog will find nothing new in these stories other than the fact that nearly all major news outlets now seem to view cybercrime as a 'beat' requiring regular reportage.

There were, however, two smaller developments of interest. The first was the discovery that a Russian syndicate had offered a forty three cent "bounty" for every infected Macintosh a user could deliver. It's an interesting case on two fronts. First, it points out...

Tim_Matthews | 23 Sep 2009 | 0 comments

Tim Matthews - Senior Director Product Marketing

Encryption and brand management make for an unlikely pairing. While both skilled disciplines, it's hard to imagine regular meetings between the math-mad elliptic curve tinkerer and Armani-clad glad hander archetypes. But the linkage between the two has only grown stronger the more of our lives we live online.

For those not familiar with how valuable a brand can be, there’s no better place to start than the Best Global Brands report by...

Brian Tokuyoshi | 22 Sep 2009 | 0 comments

Brian Tokuyoshi - Product Marketing Manager

The PCI Data Security Standard brought the issue of data encryption to light for many organizations. It established a baseline for security practices that highlighted some of the things that best-of-class security organizations already knew, such as specifying the types of data that must be protected and how to avoid risky practices that could expose such information to unauthorized access. It was necessary because the card processing industry is extensive and there needed to be guidelines to bring all the participating companies up to spec.

Yet it still appears to be clear that there are lingering misunderstandings about what it sought to achieve. From the viewpoint of the industry, it is easier to understand its purpose, for it gives the credit card industry better assurances to its customers that all the companies handling personal information have met a minimum set of security standards. From the...

Tim_Matthews | 15 Sep 2009 | 0 comments

Tim Matthews -Senior Director Product Marketing

Unless you've been hiding under a rock, you've no doubt heard a thing or two about cloud computing.  While an exciting shift for the entire industry, cloud computing is currently in "high hype mode," where separating hope from reality can be a challenge.  That's why PGP Corporatation signed on early to sponsor the excellent work of the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA).

The CSA is a non-profit organization formed to promote the use of best practices for providing security assurance within cloud computing.  The group's first work product, "Security Guidance for Critical Areas of Focus in Cloud Computing," is required reading for any security professional.   Now the focus is on understanding how organizations are viewing security in the...

Doug McLean | 30 Aug 2009 | 0 comments

Phil Dunkelberger - President & CEO

With news of data breaches becoming a regular event and increasing in frequency, they hardly count as "news" any longer. In fact, breach disclosures have become such a regular part of our daily routine that it's getting harder to see the "forest for the trees." As nearly all states now have breach disclosure laws, we're now living in an era where fewer breaches go unreported, even if some of them get reported late. The question now is not whether data is at risk, but what new threats are emerging and how do we best address them. I'm pleased to announce that PGP Corporation has partnered with the Open Security Foundation...