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Text encryption for emails and PMs

Discussion in 'Technical' started by melbo, Aug 9, 2005.

  1. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member


    If I could find a way to get this installed as an option for our PM system, I would...

    Very cool, easy to use and free/opensource

    I downloaded the zip last night and so did a few of my friends. We have been sending encrypted email and PMs today. Simple, simple, simple

    Download the zip, run the .exe and then you just create your text in anything, email, notepad, text file... doesn't matter. Right click on the program icon in the tray and select 'encrypt' It will ask you for a pass, (Make it good), and then hit enter... you'll then see something like this in your text box:

    (snip of the Constitution clyde, I don't think it will work as it's not the whole file)

    once the recipient gets your PM /email , whatever, they just copy the Jumble into notepad and right click on the clipsecure icon and hit decrypt. They must decrypt with the same Pass. It will instantly show the text....

    Good tips for snooping times.

    You can download the zip from here also, (My site)
  2. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    Mother goose ,Mother goose this is Hard Hat over...... :shock:
  3. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member


    LOL, I just noticed that name...looksharp

  4. E.L.

    E.L. Moderator of Lead Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Where did I put that tinfoil beanie?

    Great idea. Maybe we should ask all of the mods to download it, then lock or delete this thread so that nobody can find the link, except to be activated when new mods come in. I really like the idea. Everything encrypted.
  5. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    It's really not even a 'paranoid' thing anymore. After the War on Terrorism and the Patriot Act, It's common knowledge that all our ISPs have 'black boxes' on them that record everything we send. OUr email goes through 3 to 15 different relays before we get it and each one archives a copy.

    Cellular one has said publically that they record every call and Voice mail 'just in case' We are being flagged for keywords by echelon. Used to be called carnivore but they changed the name after it went public. This isn't just conspiracy talk anymore. They admit it and do it.

    I bet every single email from the Microsoft Corporation to the Treasury Department and any other Forutne 500 or .gov agency encrypts every emal they send... too many Corp CEOs got burned from there emails... where did they get those, Subpeona of the ISP.

    I bet if your lawyer asked your cell provider for Voice mail files becasue of a pending divorce, they'd have them.

    Remember, a delete of a file on your pc only strips off the first letter so your system doesn't see it anymore. A word file called melbo.doc, becomes $elbo.$oc... still there and that's why Norton can recover it.

    this is a perfect segway into my next tech topic..... HD scrubbing
  6. TLynn

    TLynn Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Actually not all government agencies encrypt their email messages - sorry melbo the VA is just too cheap to do it.
  7. E.L.

    E.L. Moderator of Lead Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    HD scrubbing, this I really want to hear. So much good information here.
  8. Minuteman

    Minuteman Chaplain Moderator Founding Member

    Funny how it was "conspiracy theory" before it became public knowledge.
    Like the saying goes "Just because I'm paranoid doesn't mean thier not after me."
  9. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    OK, after you download the program, unzip and run the .exe. I got some errors but it doesn't matter, hit OK enough and you'll get to the meat of the program. Maybe those errors are to thwart efforts...

    after you run the app, you will see this in your task bar
  10. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    Find the text you want to encrypt, from email, notepad, forum, etc and highlight it
  11. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    Copy and paste it into notepad and right click on the ying yang in your tray and select 'encrypt'

    Enter a Password that both you and the recipient know
  12. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    It will encrypt the text to look like this:
  13. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    Copy and paste the 'garbage' into email, PM, post, etc and the recipient will do the same staps as above, only hitting de-crypt instead of encrypt...

    Very easy and pretty good using rjindael AES 256 encryption
  14. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    Soory for the big pics and subsequent 'scroll screen' view
  15. yonder

    yonder No Despot's Servant

    Part of the problem is traffic between web clients and the forum server go over the internet in plain text. Forcing all clients to use https instead of http will prevent man-in-the-middle snooping (though at the cost of some computational overhead for the server).

    I did try for giggles to see if the forum would accept https connections and it doesn't appear to be configured for this.
  16. yonder

    yonder No Despot's Servant

    Hash: SHA1

    Oh yeah, one more thing before I forget.

    There are very good tools that are already out there for digitally signing and/or encrypting text and files. By using a well known system that has been in place for many years, you gain the benefits of the "web of trust" to assure that you're really talking to the person you *think* you are really talking to!

    Version: GnuPG v1.4.2.2 (GNU/Linux)

    -----END PGP SIGNATURE-----
  17. kckndrgn

    kckndrgn Moderator Moderator Founding Member

    I was also going to say that for email there is an extention you can install in Thunderbird called Enigmail. You have to install GnuPG on your PC first, no biggie there, create your key pair and you are set. Download and install Enigmail into T-bird and you are done. To encrypt or sign your email you simply select Encrypt, then when you hit send your text is encrypted and you are done.
    It's pretty neat and easy to do.

  18. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    oh the good ole days
  19. AlterEgo

    AlterEgo Monkey+++

    Been using PGP for years. But I think they can crack anything that is in public domain if they want.

    https:// needs a cert to use. I have a link somewhere to a place where you can get a FREE Cert, instead of paying Verisign. Bill St Clarie at www.endthewaronfreedom.com , could give you better advice on the free Cret.

    Back to encryption, we have been using a piece of software that imbeds text into a .bmp without expanding the file one byte like some of the older programs.

  20. AlterEgo

    AlterEgo Monkey+++

    PGP Tutorial for everyday use.

    Eric Wolfram's Writing, Set Up GPG Encryption on Windows

    Encrypted blog posts.

    Here is the link to the program I mentioned earlier, hiding text in a bitmap.


    A whole bunch of different stuff available here.

    For melbo or others who have sites and want to use https: FREE CRET SITE.

    That's it for now. Got to 420. [​IMG]

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