[PLUG-TALK] Re: [PLUG] Dumb DNS Question? (port 25 filtering)
russj at dimstar.net
Tue Mar 7 22:34:53 PST 2006
> plug_0 at robinson-west.com wrote:
>> Authenticating who sends email through PSU servers and requiring that it
>> be encrypted, doesn't this smack of censorship and a pointless approach
>> to spam control?
> No, that's just being a good netizen. The authentication only goes so
> far as to say "yes, I will relay emails for you because I know who you
> are." An alternative is to hit an SMTP server on a different port - the
> fact that it's encrypted is only a bonus.
> How would requiring SMTP traffic be encrypted (harder for prying eyes to
> see) even be near censorship?
Encrypting email at all is bad. It gives the general public the mistaken
idea that email is or can be private. Then you end up with law such as
those in some areas of Europe where it illegal for your boss to read
your email, on the businesses PC.
Regardless of wether anyone thinks your boss should or should not be
able to read every byte on your work provided PC, email is not, has
never been, and should not be private.
If you want to send a private message, hand deliver it yourself with a
locked box around it.
At one point, I thought about trying to set up GnuPG and various other
ways to verify my identity, encrypt my email, etc. Then I thought about
it, and figured, "what the heck am I doing?" Every bit I send from my PC
gets archived on some other computer somewhere on the net. The strongest
encyption out there can be broken, given enough cpu cycles. It's a
In one sense, the maxim, "no one is free until we are all free" applies
here more than anywhere.
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