Communicator 4.7 International Versions Get 128-bit Encryption

Monday January 24th, 2000

Because of the relaxing of export restrictions on crypto code, Communicator 4.7 is now available with 128-bit strong encryption for international users. The new version is available - for 23 languages - on the Netscape Products Download Page.

Thanks to Ryuzi Kambe (who maintains the mozillaZine Japanese translation) for the news.

#1 About this article

by ryuzi

Monday January 24th, 2000 4:38 PM

I heard this news from jyo-chu. He is the repeater of that translation page. Thanks.

#2 finally!!

by Kaoslord

Monday January 24th, 2000 5:19 PM

wow... and i thought id never see thhis day, no more annoying 1000 page questionaires to check weather you are in the us... trully makes for a much better browser download experience

#3 Not ready?

by basic

Monday January 24th, 2000 6:30 PM

The website isn't ready yet though. Some of the links are dead, and some are labeled 4.61

But finally no more for US/Canada only stuff.

#4 4.71

by Pyro

Monday January 24th, 2000 8:43 PM

I am using 4.71 right now (the version posted about in the Blind directory on the FTP server). Anybody know the deal when this version will finally go public?

#6 Re: 4.71

by ezh

Tuesday January 25th, 2000 2:54 AM

It will be called 4.72... But when????

#5 Crixus

by crixus

Tuesday January 25th, 2000 1:27 AM

Well, now that this is the case why doesn't netscape produce ONLY a 128-bit version? This would seem to simplify things quite a bit.

#7 For people in those other countries?

by leafdigital

Tuesday January 25th, 2000 6:12 AM

There are a few countries which aren't allowed to use it still...


#8 Re: For people in those other countries?

by FrodoB

Tuesday January 25th, 2000 11:36 AM

If you're referring to the seven states of terrorism (Cuba, North Korea, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, and one which is escaping me), can they even use 40-bit encryption legally?

If not, to where do you refer? France or one of the nations that has regulations on encryption of its own?

#9 You don't have to wait for 128-bit version

by locka

Wednesday January 26th, 2000 4:14 AM

You can get it now by visiting

The Fortify software (free for personal use) patches your existing browser turning it into the 128-bit version.

Even if an official 128-bit version does finally turn up, it might still be worth using Fortify since it's a 400k download compared to 10+Mb for the full thing.

#10 Re: You don't have to wait for 128-bit version

by Tanyel

Wednesday January 26th, 2000 5:10 AM

Are we all advertising our products on Mozillazine now?

#11 Re: Re: You don't have to wait for 128-bit version

by locka

Thursday January 27th, 2000 8:18 AM


I'm nothing to do with the product, I just think it is an exceptionally useful tool that will give 128-bit encryption on your browser, no questions asked.

#12 Re: Re: Re: You don't have to wait for 128-bit ver

by Tanyel

Thursday January 27th, 2000 1:42 PM

I do think the Netscape citizenship verification process was overly intrusive. The Internet Explorer update did not require my name, address, and phone number.

#13 Its a pain

by Celt

Saturday January 29th, 2000 5:47 PM

All very fine and well but for some reason you can't use Go!Zilla to download the 128bit version which is really annnoying also every time I try download it I get about 0.8k/s and it times out after about 2MB's downloaded.

I've been trying the last few days and still the same