http://www.siliconvalley.com/mld/siliconvalley/2814647.htm Posted on Thu, Mar. 07, 2002 NEW YORK (AP) - Software company Network Associates has stopped selling PGP, the most widely used software for e-mail encryption, after failing to find a buyer for the technology, a spokeswoman said Thursday. PGP, or Pretty Good Privacy, is available free online for personal use, a major reason the company saw little future in trying to make a business of selling the software for corporate use, said spokeswoman Jennifer Keavney. ``It is the leading encryption technology out there, but it's all based on free downloads,'' she said. The software allows users to send and receive encrypted e-mails that can only be decoded by their intended recipients. Network Associates laid off 18 employees last week when the PGP division was dismantled. Most of the division's employees had already been transferred to other parts of the company. The layoffs were first reported on the Infoworld magazine's Web site. The Santa Clara, Calif., company announced in October that it was looking for a buyer to take PGP off its hands. Keavney said the company received several offers, but none was attractive enough. Part of the problem was that PGP encryption technology is used in a number of other Network Associates products and the company needed to maintain rights to use the technology even if it was sold to another company, she said. Network Associates will continue to fix bugs in the program for one year, and will provide support for customers until the expiration of the support contracts. PGP is the creation of software engineer Phil Zimmerman, who released it as ``freeware'' in 1991. He sold the commercial rights to Network Associates in 1997. --- On The Net: Network Associates: http://www.nai.com MIT's PGP page: http://web.mit.edu/network/pgp.html - ISN is currently hosted by Attrition.org To unsubscribe email majordomoat_private with 'unsubscribe isn' in the BODY of the mail.
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