[LINK] Telstra Clouds its Profit Results

Karl Auer kauer at biplane.com.au
Fri Feb 10 21:07:06 AEDT 2012

On Fri, 2012-02-10 at 20:30 +1100, Jan Whitaker wrote:
> And don't get me started on the University uses 
> of gmail, no matter how many complaints various 
> people have made. They have drunk the koolaid, 
> too. Bye-bye research confidentiality. Contract security anyone?

Research confidentiality can be maintained across the open Internet by
using encrypted email. If you have valuable information that must be
kept from prying eyes, send it encrypted.

It is not difficult for a moderately intelligent person to encrypt their
emails. There are squillions of how-tos on the web.

There are two main methids - certificates and keys.

Certificates are somewhat easier to use, but be aware that they depend
utterly on trust hierarchies over which you have no control; hierarchies
that have already been compromised several times (that we know about).
These hierarchies often have their peaks in jurisdictions that should
give you pause for thought - like the US.

Use keys (GPG or PGP) if you want absolute control over your own
encryption, at the cost of a little more work getting your public key(s)
distributed. This is the method I would strongly recommend.

All major mail clients support both mechanisms. Both mechanisms can be
used to sign, encrypt, or sign AND encrypt messages. No clients require
that *all* emails be signed or encrypted - you can choose which messages
you sign or encrypt, so you are still able to send emails to addresses
that do not support encrypted emails.

Regards, K.

Karl Auer (kauer at biplane.com.au)

GPG fingerprint: AE1D 4868 6420 AD9A A698 5251 1699 7B78 4EEE 6017
Old fingerprint: DA41 51B1 1481 16E1 F7E2 B2E9 3007 14ED 5736 F687
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