[clug-talk] Anyone else getting a lot of supposed bounced mail?
nbower at clug.ca
Sun Sep 25 19:02:40 PDT 2005
On Sun September 25 2005 17:18, Jesse Kline wrote:
> I don't really see the point. I have never seen anyone try to
> impersonate a member of the CLUG executive, nor can I think of a good
> reason why anyone would want to do it. I had GPG setup a few years ago,
> but I couldn't find a good use for it. I love the idea of encryption,
> because we know that there are a number of governments including our own
> monitoring our transmissions, but unless there is a critical mass of
> people using GPG, there is no point to it.
The point of GPG is to help verify the identity of the person you are
communicating with. When you talk to someone on the phone or live chat, you
generally can recognize the person's voice as that of the person you are
chatting with. If you are talking to someone in person, you recognize that
person for who they are. If you receive a note or letter from someone, you
generally recognize their handwriting or their signature. There is no way of
doing that with e-mail, except with digitally signing your e-mails. The GPG
becomes your signature.
True, no one has to date impersonated a member of the clug executive, but GPG
signing will help eliminate that possibility from happening. And GPG
sigining is not a big deal or inconvenience if digital signing is set as a
default within your mail client. :-)
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