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The real vulnerability surrounding e-mail

A News.com reader believes that the contents of e-mail can be made secure, but e-mail readers and their associated infrastructure cannot.

     

      
    The real vulnerability surrounding e-mail

    In response to the Nov. 5 column by Jeff Papows, "Time to switch permanently to e-mail:"

    You state that the biggest misconception is that e-mail cannot be made secure. While I think it is true that the contents of e-mail can be made secure through encryption, e-mail readers and their associated infrastructure cannot.

    What has been the biggest source of security violations? Worms and viruses transported via e-mail. This has cost corporations billions of dollars over the past several years. Due to many factors, not the least of which is the monopolistic marketing practices of Microsoft, most corporations? e-mail infrastructure is horribly insecure. By relying solely on this infrastructure for all document transactions, the enterprise and its data are put at tremendous risk.

    Bob Ess
    Richardson, Texas