good replacement for open office
perrin at apotheon.com
Sat Oct 6 10:02:32 PDT 2007
On Sat, Oct 06, 2007 at 05:07:45PM +0200, Wojciech Puchar wrote:
> nobody intelligent (or completely not caring about it) use any of big
> public mail/news/etc services.
There are two separate concerns here.
1. General Privacy: If you're concerned with your documents and
communications being collected, indexed, and scanned for patterns and
flagged terms along with billions of other documents and
communications, without any specific attention to yours in particular,
you're right -- don't use "public", web-based services.
2. Specific Privacy: If you're concerned with someone cracking security
on your account, targeting your communications for electronic
eavesdropping, and similarly making use of the "public" nature of a
service like that for nefarious intent, you're probably among the
millions of computer users who are carefully locking the front door
while leaving the bay windows and garage door wide open. Are you using
public key encryption systems like OpenPGP to secure your email? Are
you encrypting word processor documents when you send email? Are you
using a text-based mail user agent instead of reading XHTML "rich"
emails in a GUI mail client? Are you anonymizing communications via
the Tor network? What exactly are you doing to avoid leaving yourself
at least as wide open with plain text transmission of data as you would
be with a web-based, SSL-encrypted mail service? You're probably even
transmitting login data to a web server in clear text.
Now . . . I know this is the freebsd-questions mailing list, and many of
you are running mail servers locally, and otherwise mitigating these
risks. On the other hand, simply telling people that they'll be safer
avoiding web-based services without explaining that this is only true if
they also pay significant attention to securing their other communication
and collaboration tools might be considered dishonest, or at least
CCD CopyWrite Chad Perrin [ http://ccd.apotheon.org ]
Eat your crow early, while it's young and tender. Don't wait until it's
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