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12.9. What is Riordan's Internet privacy enhanced mail?

Riordan's Internet privacy enhanced mail (RIPEM) is one implementation of privacy enhanced mail. As of this writing, RIPEM isn't complete but is still said to be useful. It hasn't been around as long as PGP, and the two work differently. Their encrypted texts are not compatible.

For more information, check the "RIPEM Frequently Asked Questions" file, which is posted monthly in the newsgroup It's also available via FTP from

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