Samantha Atkins wrote,
> Harvey Newstrom wrote:
> > OK. I exaggerate. Rather than "nothing is uncrackable", I
> should have said
> > "99% of the freebie downloadable software in use today run by
> clueless users
> > who just use the default settings and have no patience for
> > complicated mathematics is probably crackable by a really determined
> > attacker today."
> You would still be wrong. The complicated math is in the program.
You misunderstand me. I didn't mean that the user had to manually perform
the calculations. I meant that they have to sit through a delay every time
they send or receive encryption. Because of this, 99% of PGP users choose
the smallest key that the program will allow. They deliberately choose the
weakest possible security because they are impatient.
> You can hide messages that will never ever be cracked.
There's that phrase again: "messages that will never be cracked"!
I work in the security field. I understand and support steganography and
encryption. But be realistic, people. They will not remain hidden
"forever". They will not remain uncrackable "forever".
-- Harvey Newstrom <www.HarveyNewstrom.com> Principal Security Consultant, Newstaff Inc. <www.Newstaff.com> Board of Directors, Extropy Institute <www.Extropy.org> Cofounder, Pro-Act <www.ProgressAction.org>
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