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September 1, 2007, 11:30 am
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via the method in web-based email. this service can https between me and their
servers, but I wasn't using the https option.
even if i send to them via https, they then send the mail via regular smtp to
recipients mail server. and then I assume usually the mail goes to the
computer by regular smtp. so there are two sends that are likely easily
I hadn't realized text in a word processor doc 'attached via webmail' could be
here's the potential problem (I think):
if i were to email docs to insurance, or credit businesses, I'd be sending
info. If they have a https page setup, then hopefully the "attachment" method
(scripts, and??) are also secure. but if customer phones company's
for special reasons, they may end up doing "custom interactions" via email.
AFAIK (perhaps more due to luck of convenience?) I haven't exposed myself to ID
the "worst" privacy risk of attachments I've mailed has been resumes. they
my name, address, phone number. also some work history info, of course.
i've sent more sensitive documents during "custom interactions" to insurance
companies and similar. But, I've sent to these recipients rather rarely, and via
only once did I email an attachment compressed with password. (because
computer's fax wasn't working). I phoned immediately afterwards. the rep
responses suggested that they normally didn't need a password to open
customers' email attachments. (I didn't think to ask about this. i just wanted
the rep the password by voice.)
So... I think the resume problem is a sticky problem because it suffers from
convention: job seekers usually play a "beggars" role, while employers have
interest in protecting applicants' privacy.
If sending anything sensitive to relatives, i always compress with password.
of these are image scans, so aren't easily readable as text anyway)
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