Monday, February 27, 2006

Re: NPR : E-Mail Encryption Rare in Everyday Use

Paul Hoffman wrote:
This is my original disagreement with Ed's message. It can be done, and when you do it it works, but it is too difficult for most people to bother with. I think we all agree on those three facts, just not on what to label the last one.

Actually, when I wrote "it does not actually work" I meant all three things:

1. It can't be done as a user would like to do it; note also that even experts
do it incorrectly (it's just too many detail devils).

2. When a user does it, the user does not really know if it was done right.

3. It is too difficult for users to use and (worse) most users who use it
do it incorrectly.

We have some choices. We can continue to say that it works and just wait
for users to get educated someday. Or, we can say that there is no x (x = market,
need, risk, point) -- and that's why no user bothers with it. Or, we can try
to understand what's it that users reject and work around it. My opinion I
already say upfront: users reject the whole model; it's not "natural" to
ask me for my envelope before you can send me a letter.

(btw, name and mail address are not the envelope -- they are routing
information. My public-key is the envelope analogue when comparing postal mail
with secure email.)

Ed Gerck

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Dear Mr. Gerck,

It gives me great pleasure to introduce myself to you. I am jyothi e, a research associate at ICFAI and part of the editorial team that is engaged in the preparation of executive reference material at ICFAI BOOKS.

Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India (ICFAI), is a non-profit organization involved primarily in providing distance education, offering professional programs in the area of finance and management. As a part of our endeavor to provide quality and contemporary material to our students, we continuously upgrade our material through monthly digests and executive reference books (compilation of articles on a particular theme), that essentially contain reprints of finely written articles culled from accomplished academicians, various publications and websites such as World Trade Magazine, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Federal Reserve, SEC, Insight Japan and Business Finance Magazine.

At the moment, we are working on a book on the theme of “Email Management”.

We have come across your paper titled, “Comparison Of Secure Email Technologies X.509 / PKI, PGP, and IBE”.

Attached a copy of the paper for your reference.

We wish to seek your permission to reprint this paper in our forthcoming book on “Email Management” Kindly confirm if you could permit us to include your article in our book.

Also, please confirm your address so that we can send you a copy of the book as soon as it is published.

Eagerly waiting to hear from you.

Best Regards,
jyothi e
Research Associate
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Nagarjuna Hills, Hyderabad – 500082
Tel: 91-40-23435387
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