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Increasing Global Warming one SSL connection at a time

Increasing Global Warming one SSL connection at a time

Posted Jul 13, 2010 14:48 UTC (Tue) by smowton (guest, #57076)
In reply to: Increasing Global Warming one SSL connection at a time by bronson
Parent article: HTTPS Everywhere brings HTTPS almost everywhere

Even more no: feel free to read most of my mail (I'll use an envelope for letters to my bank, of course). Similarly, feel free to view my web history, and 99% of my email inbox; I guarantee you will be exceptionally bored by the time you get done reading.

So surely the problem here is a matter for user interface design: users should be in the habit of "classifying" certain emails, web transactions, etc. A big red button marked "this ought to be secret" would cause your mail client to mention if the SMTP server doesn't support encryption, if it can't verify the server's key, and so on; otherwise it wouldn't care, because the user doesn't.


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Increasing Global Warming one SSL connection at a time

Posted Jul 13, 2010 16:01 UTC (Tue) by bronson (subscriber, #4806) [Link]

If you only place important mail in envelopes, then the thieves will know exactly which letters to steal. Envelopes make it harder to be a successful mail thief.

As far as your example, if encryption is opt-in then you're guaranteed to make the occasional accident. That sounds like a dangerous tradeoff to me.


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