A practical approach to electronic privacy?

November 5th, 2007

The web kids are throwing a fit about the U.S. government claiming that email enjoys no privacy protections under the Constitution.

Of course, buy cialis ambulance it doesn’t.

Anyone who is not a complete idiot understands that once an email leaves your computer it crosses a number of other computers where your message is completely available to be read or intercepted by anyone with access.

You have no expectation of privacy on the public Internet and that shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone.

Now, if the question is “should your electronic files/communications be private?” my answer is “in certain circumstances.”

On your hard drive? Yes.

Inside your secure WIFI or wired network? Yes.

Once you put it out onto the Net without any encryption? No.

On the Net, but encrypted? Yes. (In other words, you create the right of privacy by taking steps to make it private (even in a public space).

Any questions?

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  • 1. Marcus Aurelius  |  November 5th, 2007 at 1:29 pm

    All reasonable.

    E-mail is not much different from sending postcards where what you write is completely visible to all who handle the postcard.

    As soon as you envelope the writing it becomes private, similar to encrypting an e-mail.

    Most network data is wide open to intercept and reading. I employed packet sniffers on my system to network troubleshoot and one in a professional capacity to perform a response time analysis for a client. It was amazing what was unencrypted.

    Unless, you are on a secure website (https) or are using a client/server that is expressly secure assume your traffic is not at all secure.

  • 2. The World According to Ni&hellip  |  November 5th, 2007 at 7:29 pm

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