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A pretty funny article in Satirewire. What is particularly amusing is that I sometimes think this. I know it is best practice to encrypt everything. (Otherwise it is obvious that encrypted messages are important.) But I've been having problems with PGP on my PC and sometimes I spend a great deal of effort to decrypt a message that just turns out to be some silly email that didn't NEED to be encrypted. ;-)

Of course, this is exactly the wrong position to take. We really should encrypt everything. This is not meant as a message for people to stop sending me stuff in encrypted form. It is just very funny because I often FEEL the same way.

Surprisingly, computer security experts agree. "I get this all the time: 'Should I encrypt? I don't want anyone to steal my identity,'" said LockUpOnline President Bing D'aahl. "The textbook answer has been 'Yes,' but now we are advising people to first ask themselves, 'Do I have an identity that anyone would really want to steal?'"

If you answer truthfully, D'aahl said, chances are you'll forego the digital ID and save everyone a lot of trouble.

"Remember, the Internet wasn't built just for you," Haxor added.



joi, i also read this one on and thought it was very funny. I work in the security industry and find it almost necessary to encrypt everyday emails due to the infiltration of technology that allows the minimal knowledge person to read others email. whereas it used to take indepth understanding how email worked...all that has been automated for the amatuer. I find myself encrypting dinner plans with my wife kiyomi and then later think, why did I go through the trouble? The next thing I know I get invited to testify in another identity theft case and tell myself...that is why! You would not believe the amount of sensitive information one keeps unencrypted on ones you encrypt every business plan that comes accross your desk? Probably not.

My Uncle is a Chief Science Officer for a multinational pharmaceutical services company. For years, he has kept rigorous notes of his daily affairs in a Franklin Planner - a complex paper-based personal organizer. Detailed schedules and to-do lists. His planner archives were called in a court case, and as my uncle tells it, some poor paralegal somewhere had to read through all of his thorough daily notes, to-do lists, and appointments from three years. They sent them all back with a note - "this guy needs to get a life."

I asked Uncle Jim how he felt about increased airport security: perhaps reflecting on this experience above, he replied "You can videotape my life if you want to be that bored, as long as I don't have to stand in line."

dont care to brake normal e-mails, just trace where it came from and use logic to figure out if there is something important out there in that place. be calm and cool.