storing password lists in mails to myself on IMAP?

Joseph Oreste Bruni jbruni at
Thu Feb 15 18:34:36 CET 2007

On Thursday, February 15, 2007, at 10:01AM, "Nomen Nescio" <nobody at> wrote:
>Nomen Nescio wrote:
>> I use thunderbird on my laptop and desktop with an IMAP server, and
>> I've been mailing myself encrypted mails with website passwords so I
>> have access to them on both computers.
>> This is just as secure as encrypting a file and copying it onto both
>> computers without using e-mail as a medium, right?
>> Or am I doing something stupid?
>You're doing something "strange" anyway. The encryption is just as
>strong either way, but any email client is liable to create temp
>files and stuff which could hold unencrypted copies of your password
>lists. Given that this is an IMAP account it's possible those temp
>files exist on the IMAP server. :-(

Not true. Since encryption and decryption can only take place on the local computer, there won't be any "temp" files stored on the IMAP server.

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