E-Mail Encrypting with Microgaming
Data protection and general safety have always been an issue of the highest priority for online gambling providers. The industry has several testing and standardization guards to approve hundreds of casinos and guarantee protected, hassle-free and fair playing. In 2003, eCogra was established and Microgaming became a founding member.
Actually, the company has been at the peak for a great many years and it still shows no signs of losing top positions. On the contrary, it demonstrates enviable enthusiasm and passion for ongoing improvements and innovations. Numerous awards are an evident proof, including those for professional development in .NET, C++/#, Java, Adobe Flash, etc.
Recently, HTML5 was added to the programming language arsenal to create games for promising platforms, e.g. iOS, Android, Windows and Mac. Widening the scope of influence, the casino pioneer makes players’ security a prime concern. To protect personal and financial data, 128 bit SSL encryption technology is employed. As for data sharing and communication, Microgaming mail encryption is an obligatory process as well.
Using Secure MIME
Cutting technologies are the main potential for industry advances. Microgaming has several priorities and keeping communication with clients fast, efficient and under lock and key is one of them. According to stat analysis, e-mails are the most popular means of contact. Most often players use e-mails for keeping in touch with customer support and dealing with problems, should any occur. Secure MIME aka S/MIME employs RSA encryption. Its most outstanding feature is digital signatures for identity validation.
Send an E-Mail with S/MIME
Great organizations – and Microgaming is undoubtedly great – use S/MIME for sender authentication. For paid e-mail services, VeriSign and Thawte are often employed, while Microsoft users can apply free Certification Authority.
From a Website
Digital certificates are a must for e-mail address verification. Special private keys decode and encrypt messages. They should be severely protected (who would want to mess with their own digital identities?). Web sites also take advantage of S/MIME. In this case AspEncrypt is chosen. By the way, it can be paired with AspEmail for providing encrypted messages with signatures.
Gnu Privacy Guard
Another alternative is the Gnu Privacy Guard. It’s a part of a freeware project developed, run and modified in mass collaboration. The GNU Project was initially introduced by Richard Stallman over 30 years ago. The Privacy Guard is run to replace the pack of PGP cryptography. Germany supports and funds it gladly. GNUPG is interoperable and can be complied with RFC 4880.
Gnu PG in Work
It is known for combining symmetric and public-key cryptography. Each recipient has a public and a session one is once employed only. Actually, it’s users who generate asymmetric keypairs for exchange, e.g. key servers. There is a bunch of versions with different libraries. For example, 1.x series had it integrated, while the following 2.x has Libgcrypt. Instead of using patented algorithm, CAST5 is chosen.
Originally, the first GnuPG version wasn’t an API, so there was no soft incorporation. Developers came up with GPGME used as the wrapper to provide a stable between-component interface. Out-of-process calls should be executed and there seems to be a security barrier of the crypto code. A great feature of Libgcrypt (for 2.x) is C APIs.
Over the years, several security breaches were reported. First, 1.00.2-1.2.3 versions had about 1,000 keys on servers as a result affecting digital signing of messages (it was only one method, actually). Secondly, false positives can happen when verifying signatures. Thirdly, non-MIME mails could have data injected because of no digital signature. Though the reported vulnerabilities were fast covered and patched.
Updating the soft regularly, GNUPG successfully works on almost all 32 and 64 bit platforms. The most developed ones are Windows, Mac OS X and Linux (x86 is the most updated), treated as open source projects. Moreover, special plug-ins were created for Explorer and Outlook as well as GNU Privacy Assistant. 64-bit Windows are not tested enough to guarantee smooth running. Naturally, GnuPG versions for different platforms are packed with different appearance and features. The latest versions are known as more stable.