Re: intro questions
"Me Uh, K." <email@example.com>
Wed, 20 Oct 1999 12:27:21 -0700 (PDT)
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I'm only answering questions I (for sure) know the
--- 4 2 <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
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> So most people on this list probably know the
> answers to these questions
> like the back of their hands, but, well...I don't,
> so I'm asking anyway.
> 1. How do I keep my e-mail secure and private? Is
> there such a thing? Do
> I need to use PGP?
YES! PGP still won't make your email secure, but the
chances of anyone wanting to get into your email
enough to take the time to crack a good 128 bit key
are really really slim.
> 2. What's this about proxys and cookies?
That's technical, detailed and long. Proxy servers
are pretty good, so long as you trust them, (ie - you
configured it, not your boss:) and cookies might be
satan incarnate, but a good solid 1/3 (at least) of
the web is unviewable with cookies. (my personal
theory on them is that they're all right, so long as
the information your computer has about you is a
fithly lie and you've got ActiveX (windows) disabled)
> 3. How do I stop from getting spam and stupid chain
Lots of ways, none of them full-proof - try searching
for "Filters" or "Spam Filters" to find out LOTS of
> 4. How come every time I try to unsubscribe from a
> list that I haven't even
> asked to be put on (on onelist, or wherever) it
> doesn't work?
[Shrug] you don't follow directions well?
> 5. If I get unsubbed from a list that I have not
> unsubbed myself from, and I've recieved no >
confirmation of it, does that mean somebody got into >
Not nessecarily. Is the list still there? (the whole
server may have been taken down) but it's a
> 6. How do I stop people from getting into my
> account? (Other than changing my password over and
Depends on what kind of account it is. If it's a
webbased email, forget about having any kind of
security (strange advice from a girl using yahoo mail,
isn't it?). If you're using a more conventional
method, network security is the best place to start.
(well, a long, semi-random alpha-numeric password is
the best place to start :)
> 7. Aren't there ways of getting my password using a
> numerical sequencer thing that just comes right back
> on when it gets booted off?
Yes. Lots of them. Your passwords can also be
sniffed in transit... You computer can be compromised
with a tool like Back Orifice
(http://www.cultdeadcow.com for info - in case you
don't know), someone can spoof the login screen of a
webbased server and send it to you contained as
your password to them... there are a lot of ways to
get your passwords.
> 8. What's this about hushmail? Is it secure or is
> it just some kind of conspiracy to get me and all of
> my friends to switch over?
As I understand it, hushmail is about the most secure
webased email. Of course, trying to keep webbased
email secure is kind of like trying to figure out if
jello is a solid or liquid - it can be done, but it
takes a lot of time, and in the end, you're not sure
if it was worth it. :)
> 9. How many places does each e-mail I write go to
> before it reaches it's
> (hopefully) final destination? Is there any way to
> minimize this?
I don't know. I prefer not to think of such things.
> 10. How do I know this list isn't being archived
You don't, for sure. For all you know, I might be
keeping 19 copies of each and every email you send
through the list, so I can sell them to the CIA for 12
cents a pop. (come to think of it, isn't the archive
hidden in plain sight on the webpage?)
for all the help I was. ;)
-mia k. (big brother is watching, learn to be
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