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Thread: sending sensitive data

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    Re: sending sensitive data

    Well, the most insecure part of the data exchange is the email, since nobody has full control over that - it is a free for all and passes through a hodge-podge of servers. After that, the second most insecure place would be the destination computer, but you have to hope that they have a corporate IT service that nominally knows what they are doing.

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    Re: sending sensitive data

    Quote Originally Posted by ian-weisser View Post
    That's good faith on their part, but they likely still want the form. If they get audited...
    Quote Originally Posted by sudodus View Post
    +1

    But they have to send their address to you ...
    Exactly! But they haven't responded with that information, which I've asked for twice.

    Quote Originally Posted by HermanAB View Post
    Well, the most insecure part of the data exchange is the email, since nobody has full control over that - it is a free for all and passes through a hodge-podge of servers. After that, the second most insecure place would be the destination computer, but you have to hope that they have a corporate IT service that nominally knows what they are doing.
    Something I doubt and so why snail mailing the original form would be more secure in the long run than emailing it.
    "Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects." Will Rogers

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    Re: sending sensitive data

    You may be right about that. Do you consider the zip encryption secure enough to send this type of data via the internet?
    From what I've read, encryption via 7-zip using AES256 is fairly secure, better than encrypted zip files. The benefit to the zip formats is that they're widely known and cross platform. No doubt PGP encryption is better but challenging for non-techies to use. 7-zip full is available in the repositories.

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