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PC Privacy Ring

The Personal Computer Privacy Ring

Most of us operate personal computers (PCs) and are worried about security issues. (If you're not, you should be). Because there is both interest in the subject and a need for more information, many people have erected web sites regarding this issue. These sites deal with anything from PGP for E-mail and file encryption, to secure file systems, to generalized encryption or privacy activism.

This webring is about pulling all of those pages together into a big interconnected ring. You can fill out the form below to add your page to this free service or continue reading about how it works first. This is not just a "links list" (although the list of sites can be listed easily for browsing), this is a webring.

A ring?

Yes, a ring. Each page ends up being connected to the next in an infinite loop type of arrangement. This is done with simple links that call a webring system that is hidden from you, the website owner and the user. All you have to do to join is paste some HTML onto your page and either link to or download some icons and images to show that your page is a member of the ring. Then, whenever someone clicks on the "next (previous, random, etc.) site" option, they are sent to another site in the ring. You gain traffic from other ring members and they get traffic from you.


If you are already a member of the PC Privacy Ring and need to edit your site's attributes (URL, your e-mail address, site description, or password), enter your site ID and password below:

Site ID:

Joining the ring

Here are the steps that need to be followed in order to join the Personal Computer Privacy Ring. Please follow them closely to preserve the integrity of the ring!

  • There are two HTML fragments to choose from to add to your site; the first has a nice graphic and the Next, Previous, etc. options listed below it. The other fragment is just the links. Either is fine; it all depends on what works best for your site.
  • You can add the first one to your homepage by copying the following section from the display below or from the view source option in Netscape or IE. Copy starting from <!-- BEGIN PCP RING FRAGMENT --> to <!-- END PCP RING FRAGMENT -->.
  • If you choose this first option, save a copy of the PC Privacy Ring graphics you see below if you want and place them on your home page. If you don't want to do that, the graphics may load slower, but they'll load straight from my site and will be subject to client caching between ring sites.

Sample #1

Begin HTML Fragment

Personal Computer Privacy Ring
This Personal Computer Privacy Ring site is owned by Michael T. Babcock.

[ Next Page | Skip It | List | Prev | Random ]

Want to join the ring? Get the info.

End HTML Fragment Sample

Sample #2

Begin HTML Fragment

This site is a member of the Personal Computer Privacy Ring.

[ Next Page | Skip It | List | Prev | Random ]

End HTML Fragment Sample

To use the above, simply copy the following HTML directly (read the notes in the next section though!):

<div align=center>
  <p><nobr>This site is a member of the 
     <a href="http://www.linuxsupportline.com/~pgp/ring.html"
        target=_top>Personal Computer Privacy Ring</a>.
 [ <a href="http://www.webring.org/cgi-bin/webring?ring=pgp&id=1&next"
      target=_top>Next Page</a>
 | <a href="http://www.webring.org/cgi-bin/webring?ring=pgp&id=1&skip"
      target=_top>Skip It</a>
 | <a href="http://www.webring.org/cgi-bin/webring?ring=pgp&id=1&list"
 | <a href="http://www.webring.org/cgi-bin/webring?ring=pgp&id=1&prev"
 | <a href="http://www.webring.org/cgi-bin/webring?ring=pgp&id=1&random"
      target=_top>Random</a> ]

Usage Notes

  • In the first fragment, change the e-mail address and name so that they are your own. There is no point in having users at your site E-mail me.
  • In both cases, make sure the fragment points to images on your own site if you decided to copy them. The P.C.P. Ring link (at the bottom), however, should still point to http://www.linuxsupportline.com/~pgp/ring.html
  • Fill out the below form to register your site, then write down the Site ID number you are assigned. This site ID number is what you replace the id=1's with (in the fragment you copied). This will place your page in the 'Queue', where it will remain until it is added to the ring. This is done automatically when the software observes that your website does indeed have one of the above HTML fragments on it.
  • You should receive an E-mail verifying that this has happened. Afterward, you can return to this page to enter the ring management area (if you need to change your site's address, name, description, etc.).

Your page's URL:
Your page's title:
Your email address:

The password allows you to later add others to the ring. Please do not forget it!
    (If you have any problems, e-mail Michael T. Babcock).

Final Notes

  • Don't forget to change the five references which read: http://www.webring.org/cgi-bin/webring?ring=pgp&id=1 so that the id= is followed by your assigned Site ID number. For example, if your site ID is 23, the URL should be something like http://www.webring.org/cgi-bin/webring?ring=pgp&id=123&next
  • After checking out your page, the webring software will automatically add your site to the ring. You should then receive an E-mail telling you you've been added.
  • That's it! You should now be able to navigate the entire ring until you make it back to your own page (although it may take a while) by hitting the Next options on each page. An easy way to make sure it is working is to click on the Previous option on your page. The next option on that page should take you back to your own page.

  • Check your HTML fragment

    Before you can be added to the ring, your page has to check out with the software. To see if the webring software can see your HTML fragment properly, enter your assigned Site ID # below:

    Site ID #:

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