[Mailman-Users] Autoresponder and privacy
Stephen J. Turnbull
stephen at xemacs.org
Wed Apr 6 10:29:18 CEST 2011
Clare Redstone writes:
> How insecure? Are they more vulnerable than a members-only Yahoo or Google
> group for example?
Probably a little more vulnerable, for social reasons. Your members-
only password at Yahoo/Google is your personal mail password; people
probably protect those fairly well (although often enough dinner
guests can read them off the post-in on the monitory in the corner ;-).
Mailman subscription passwords tend to be easier to guess.
> Are they protected from search engines?
> Would someone have to make a deliberate effort to hack in to read
> the archive
> or could someone come across it by accident, say through a search
> I think if it would take someone with some technical knowledge,
> deliberately looking for it to get in, that would be safe enough.
Stealing a password doesn't take technical knowledge, but it clearly
takes evil intent.
> One thing I'm suggesting is that people could set up and email
> account with a nickname so they wouldn't so easily be identified.
This is a good idea any time you want to preserve a modicum of privacy
on the 'net.
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