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Atomichelix PGP for BlackBerry

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 (Atomichelix PGP for BlackBerry - Tutorials) 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
Atomichelix Software Limited

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