randy at psg.com
Wed Dec 12 14:54:24 UTC 2001
> I'm sure this is not what you meant, but I have noticed recently
> that many less-technically-inclined people seem to think that "the
> attachment" is the dangerous thing, almost as if the "technology of
> attachments" is somehow flawed and risky.
i think it is
flawed - mime does not make things compatible, but rater codifies
incompatibility. the sender things that, because they can send it,
the receiver can understand it.
risky - as it allows encapsulation of executables, and the masses
do not understand the concept, it opens up a channel to deeper in
some recipients' systems than these naive users may be aware. but
like other tools, the misuse is not in the tool, but the mis-user.
otoh, the user could be better warned, and the toolmaker could
make the default installation safer for the recipient.
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