German ct magazine postulates death of pgp encryption

Hugo Osvaldo Barrera hugo at
Sat Feb 28 13:36:19 CET 2015

On 2015-02-28 12:37, Ralph Seichter wrote:
> On 28.02.2015 00:48, Hugo Osvaldo Barrera wrote:
> > Please, stop spreading the iMessage falacy, it's system offers privacy
> > only from *some* parties, but not from everyone.
> I invite you to read my message again. I used iMessage as an example for
> usability (as did c't editor Jürgen Schmidt), not for impregnable
> security. There is a reason why I use PGP, but there are also reasons
> why my family does not. Lately I have set up S/MIME when I helped
> friends with their smartphones, but while that takes care of transporting
> the public keys automatically, establishing trust is still an issue most
> people spend too little thought and effort on. Lower that bar, and more
> users will likely opt for end-to-end encryption.
> -Ralph

Of course iMessage is a lot more usable: it's not a challenge to create very
usable and friendly IM UIs. The challenge is about creating easily usable
*secure* communication software.

Sure, lower the bar *on how secure what you're using is*, and most it's easier
to user.

S/MIME isn't *really* safe. It requires trusting a bunch of CAs, and is
can basically receive the same criticism as TLS applied to the web.

Hugo Osvaldo Barrera
A: Because we read from top to bottom, left to right.
Q: Why should I start my reply below the quoted text?
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