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Whatever we say - we can be sure someone is listening to it.
Whatever we write - we can be sure someone is taking notes.

Machines do this nowadays,
a result of electronic and IT cunning engineering art,
products designed and manufactured by people who once made cook-cook clocks...

Hitler was stupid enough to believe that the cipher produced by Enigma was unbreakable - and as even indications were there that this wasn't the case, he kept on believing in it, making it a ball game for Alan Turing [e] and fellow scientists at Bletchley Park [e] to crack it with "the Bombe".

Do you really believe that your e-mail, phone conversations and faxes aren't received by any one else than the official recipients?

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e-zines | Access control systems | Card technology | Intrusion alarm systems |
Surveillance technology
| Intelligence links | Intelligence agencies | Security organisations

The age of security and privacy... problems

As the communication volume between individuals, corporations and organisations steadily increase on a world wide basis, the need for good encryption is becoming a vital issue to each and everyone of us. Governments around the world are involved in deep, dark discussions regarding what their dear citizens shall be allowed to do and not, inventing laws prohibiting the use of strong encryption - for the normal citizen - or trying to forbid the export of encryption algorithms and accompanying software.

Does the next millenium come with a strong odor of Orwell's 1984?
Can it really be true that you are not allowed to use the algorithm of your own choice?

The answers to these two questions are "maybe yes" respectively "definitely yes": The Land of the Free tries feverishly to bann any and all export of more or less secure and useful encryption, France is already punishing its citizens with penalty charges of up to 200,000 FF if one uses these oh so dangerous things, and Germany is debating how far one shall push "das große Lauschangriff" [e] ("the big eavesdropping").

This is yet another small wake up call - privacy is becoming a very dynamic and flexible term in the age of communication.

Ok, that's the bad news. The good news is that there are many people out here who work against any stupid national encryption laws. Why don't you have a visit at the 4th most linked site on the web... The Electronic Frontier Foundation [e]. The well renown cryptography consultant and author of the great book Applied Cryptoghraphy [e], Bruce Schneier has his own site [e]. You should check this one out too.

You can download and install the strong encryption software PGP [e] (Pretty Good Privacy), meanwhile coming in Version 6 for Windoze (international version) - and use it in most European countries legally - it's for free and works very well.

If you're interested in what's hot regarding encryption on the net, you should check out EFF's hot list [e].

Hiding information in images, "steganography", is mega in. Check this out [e].

Back to history. Sine I have a passion for the old encryption machine commonly known under the name of Enigma, here is a description of it [e]. There is also some interesting information about the enigma [e] which was kept on the captured U-505.

Magazines & e-zines

http://www.securitymanagement.com [e]
Security Management - The American Security Magazine. This site is a must see - if you strangely enough haven't stumbled over it yet.

Access control systems

http://www.keyless.com [e]
Essex Electronics Inc. A tad empty, but some short info.

Geoffrey Industries Inc. PC based systems. Quite an "american touch" to the products.

Kastle Systems Inc. Office Building Systems. Page relates to different installations done by Kastle in the USA.

Plexa's home page. Currently in italian only. English available soon.

Securitron Magnalock Corp. Access control items.

Card technology

http://www.prox.com [e]
HID Corporation. This site holds product information about all the different proximity readers and card technology available from HID. If you are interested in Smart Cards and/or proximity for access control, this site will definitely interest you.

http://www.sciam.com [e]
Strategic Analysis Inc. This site holds information about available products from SA, which is a company dealing with Smart Card systems.

http://www.diebold.com [e]
Diebold Inc. This site holds information about available products and services from Diebold. Here you will find among others information about their access control, alarm- and card systems.

Intrusion alarm systems

http://www.ademco.com [e]
Ademco Inc. The largest alarm system manufacturer.

Aritech GmbH (German page).

Aritech Security Systems in Ireland. Holds some interesting links for among others Ireland.

C&K Inc.

Smarthome Inc. with their X10 wireless intrusion alarm systems.

NIDES from SRI - next generation intrusion detection system. Note: This is an FTP Site.

Westinghouse Security Systems Inc.

Surveillance technology

http://www.netbook.net/ispy [e]
I Spy Company home page.

Philips Communication and Security Systems home page. Especially interesting if you're looking for video stuff.

Sony's video surveillance home page. Great when you're interested in video equipment.

Spy Department. Go spy equipment shopping in Canada.

Spy Supply Online.

SpySite! - American Innovations Inc's home page.


http://www.kimsoft.com/kim-spy.htm [e]
KimSoft. This site holds many links. This is IMO one of the best pages on the net when it comes to intelligence links. A true must visit if you're interested in intelligence issues.

Organisations: Security in general

http://www.asisonline.org [e]
ASIS-American Society for Industrial Security.

National Security Institute's "Security Resource Net" in the USA.

New Zealand Security Directory. Includes many interesting links.

The known intelligence agencies

http://www.fbi.gov [e]



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