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If you are paranoid, make it a habit to disable your network connection whenever you do not actually do work on the internet, but e.g. edit documents. Every time you start Word with a network connection available, a report goes to a logging service; I do not know what the log report contains. Similar with other software: There are lots of them sending reports.
If you open a local encrypted file, it is safest to do it with the network disabled; you never know who picks up you keystroke. In principle, all your keystrokes may be buffered while you are offline, and the whole batch sent when you go online, but today, 95+ % of all users are online all the time, so I guess the keyloggers assume that they can send the log as soon as a small buffer has filled up, with no provisions for delayed sending. I have never seem any indication of delayed transmission.
I might change my focus but if I did it certainly wouldn't be for games. I had the opportunity to do that and I passed. It is the only area I am aware of that is more abusive of people than my one is so I saw little point in it.
What happened is I was formerly a member of game modding team and we put out a couple of really good mods and then the team decided to go pro. Several people did so and after about five years all but a few had bailed out and now not one of them have any interest in the genre of games we were making mods for. This is the second instance I have seen first hand whereby when your hobbies become a business they lose all attraction as a hobby. I tried that in a whole different area and seriously jaded me for that hobby too. Now I try my best to keep my hobbies and business separate and it has worked out pretty well. I enjoy my hobbies again.
FWIW, that game company is still going and only one person from the original team is involved. The curious thing is two people from my subsequent team also work for that company and they are still making well-received games.
"They have a consciousness, they have a life, they have a soul! Damn you! Let the rabbits wear glasses! Save our brothers! Can I get an amen?"
I wonder why they tell your your password instead of letting you pick it,
Well, perhaps they *did* let you pick it *and* then emailed you what you chose. Other than that scenario, I agree there isn't much harm in sending an auto-generated password out - as you should be changing those default ones immediately anyway.
What year is this, when people still accept unencrypted email?
It must be 25 years ago when I asked a certificate provider for a free X.509 email certificate. I received it as a small file I could doubleclick, and that was it: Encrypted email installed.
But I had only a small handful of friends who cared to do the same. Almost all of my contacts said: Encrypted email - what's that? I don't think I know how to do it.
Today it isn't much different. Except for one thing: A great share of users do not download their encrypted email to their PC, where it can be decrypted at the destination. Rather, their mail is kept at some remote web server, accessed through a web interface that accepts plaintext only; the browser is not capable of accessing my certificate for doing the decrypting.
I did keep my email certificate for a number of years. Then I switched to another ISP and mail service, which gave me a mail address with a domain part that differed from the mail server's domain. That lead to my mail client asking me every time I applied that certificate to confirm that the messages from that "strange" mail server was trustworthy. I asked the ISP for help with this; they ignored the request: Email is not one of our primary services. I could have gone to another email provider, a new email address again ... By that time, practically all my friends had abandoned encryption. It really wasn't worth the effort, with me as the only one caring for end-to-end mail encryption.
Why haven't we moved in the opposite direction? End-to-end email encryption was super-simple to set up. There were several providers of free certificates (as long as all it confirms is the validity of the email address, it doesn't require costly checks but can be automated). But appearently, nobody cares. Is it that satisfying to be able to complain about others sending us passords in plaintext email, when we could have offered the sender a safe way to send it, but we didn't care to?
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