Open-Xchange launches open-source OX Guard encryption tool for its mail and storage apps

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Germany’s Open-Xchange, a provider of web apps for renaming by service providers and deployment in the enterprise, has released an encryption tool called OX Guard. As around 110 million people use Open-Xchange’s apps (though they probably don’t know it), this is a reasonably big deal.

OX Guard is designed to provide a layer of security over Open-Xchange’s email and cloud storage products, whether they’re consumed through a service provider or installed on the customer’s own servers (the software is free for non-commercial use).

The system encrypts email and file content with symmetric AES keys, then with RSA private/public key combinations. The idea is to make encryption simple for the end user, which is the holy grail of data security, as hard-to-use tools don’t get used. And indeed, a demo of the service showed me that it’s dead simple to deploy.

Open Xchange OX Guard

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