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21 November 2011, 09:28

OpenPGP in browsers

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Recurity Labs developers have been working on an OpenPGP implementation in JavaScript. A prototype of GPG4Browsers is now available as a Google Chrome extension and can be used with Google's webmail service. The extension already allows users to encrypt and decrypt emails, add and check signatures, and import and export certificates.

However, unlike GNU Privacy Guard (GnuPG) the software currently offers no way of compressing data; the developers suggest that, to create GPG4Browsers-compatible messages with GnuPG, users add the -compress-algo none option to their setup. The source code of GPG4Browsers is available as a ZIP archiveDirect download or from a Subversion repository and is licensed under version 2.1 of the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL). Those who want to keep track of its development can access the Subversion repository.


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