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    Atomichelix PGP for BlackBerry (Release Version)

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    http://www.atomichelix.com/bbpgp/index.html

    We are proud to announce that we're releasing "Atomichelix PGP for BlackBerry"! It's been thoroughly tested (OS 4.1 through 4.3 on seven different 8xxx devices on four different networks, both with and without data plans, with comments from 4.5 owners of it working) that we are confident (almost) everyone will be able to run it without many issues (we can't possibly test every combination, but we'll get it working if you have any issues).

    For those that do not know, PGP is a standard way of encrypting emails. By it's very nature, sending emails is insecure -- even from a BlackBerry. BlackBerry devices encrypt their communication with the BES/BIS, but once that is done, the messages are in plaintext format and sent (either on the internal or external network) from the BES/BIS. We have created a PGP program for BlackBerry devices that we feel is easy to use and transparent to everyday use.

    Just a couple of notes:

    1) The application itself is fairly large (about 1.4Mb) so we suggest to those not on unlimited data plans that you download the ZIP file and install it via the Desktop Manager.

    2) There are tutorials on the website (http://www.atomichelix.com/bbpgp/tutorials.html) that will help first-time users work through most setup issues.

    3) There are a few problems that we are aware of that are in the OS that we either can't fix and have workarounds or we have decided (currently) to live with. An example of each is that when you 'Send Public Key' to someone and the email pops up, the first 'To:' in the email composition is blank and dead -- you can't edit it. This is an OS issue. The example of something we have decided to live with currently is the main screen you can only scroll up and down (not side-to-side) as we are supporting OS 4.1 (which doesn't have a trackball). We may eventually release different OS builds, but not currently.

    We really hope that this is useful and hope you give it a try. We have worked for months to get this software together and can only hope you all find it as useful as we do for protecting privacy.

    The demo mode in the software is a fully functional, time-constrained version with all the functionality of the full version, with the sole exception of not being able to import private keys (though in demo license mode, they are able to be generated for testing purposes).


    Mathew Hreljac
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    Atomichelix Software Limited
    http://www.atomichelix.com

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    Awsome, sounds like you are on top of things over there, and are planning ahead, and for the past I like that, and it gives you a step up on most of the programs out there lol..

    Will try it out once ATT gets their Edge back up and going properly.
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    Well, the fact of the matter is there is no PGP program on the BlackBerry that currently encrypts and decrypts on the device. There are two products (one from PGP Corp. and one from Entrust) that allow a user to encrypt with PGP, but they both:

    1] Require a BES
    2] Only encrypt from the BES onward on sending and decrypt incoming messages on the BES (which means anyone with access to the BES has access to those messages)

    We think the BES solution is great for large companies that need to keep email for auditing purposes (banks, etc.), but for independents like lawyers, inventors, etc., businesses that don't need large-scale audits, and for individuals, it's not acceptable.

    Mathew Hreljac
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    http://www.atomichelix.com

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    Sounds cool. I really enjoy the Atomichelix email to notepad app you release previously
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    Thanks, people seem to love it. It's really small and doesn't do much, but it does what it does well, so there's a lot of good feedback for it.

    For the PGP application, we're hoping to mostly just get the word out about how insecure email really is. PLEASE use something to encrypt messages, even if it's not our software. Personally, I hate how open email is to hacking and intercepting, so I'd like to see a day when everyone is encrypting their email (or, the way email transports gets rewritten to include secure transmission).

    And if you happen to want to try our software, go for it -- it's got a 15-day demo available on it, which we support users in setting up on their devices.

    Mathew Hreljac
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    Atomichelix Software Limited
    http://www.atomichelix.com

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