Tuesday, November 16, 2010

#ALGORITHMS: "Software claims military grade computer security"

Applications for creating portable-document files (PDFs) allow you to encrypt them using passwords as the keys to unlock their contents, and some operating systems have file encryption capabilities built-in. For the rest of us, a simple app that can encrypt any file would be welcome--and this one adds unique conveniences such as using a photo to hide you passwords. Look for mil-spec encryption to become increasingly popular over the next few years, as more and more people exchange sensitive information in computer files. R. Colin Johnson, Kyoto Prize Fellow @ NextGenLog

Drag-and-drop military grade encryption uses "visual passwords" to ease security woes.
Here is what my story in EETimes says about cyber-security: Computer security is directly proportional to the complexity of the encryption algorithm, the length of its key, and the complexity of the password used. Unfortunately, the security of a password is directly proportional to the difficulty of remembering them, since the best passwords mix random upper and lower case characters with numbers and punctuation. Large Software's new docLock app gives Windows-OS users access to military-grade encryption algorithms that combine drag-and-drop convenience with "visual passwords" that obviate the need to remember them, according to the company.
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