Responded to a thread on PLUG with http://lists.q-linux.com/pipermail/plug/2004-October/037001.html:
That means making sure _everyone_ who knows your e-mail address is well-protected against viruses and worms, will never send you e-postcards or sign up for those birthday services, will never post your e-mail address on an unprotected site, and will never To: or Cc: you on mail for people who can't be trusted to follow the same restrictions. So now we're back to the social problem. Similarly, you also trust that sites with your plaintext e-mail (they have to have it _somewhere_) won't get compromised. Bit of a long shot, isn't it? Incidentally, wouldn't hex be ever so easy to decrypt? Here, let me demonstrate that in Emacs. url-unhex-string is in url-util.el, but you might be able to find another function somewhere else. (url-unhex-string "%53%65%65,%20%45%6d%61%63%73%20%63%61%6e%20%64%6f%20%65%76%65%72%79%74%68%69%6e%67%2e") Arms race. Bleah. > I agree. In a spam-ridden email world, however, accessibility is a > tough thing to fit in. I'd say that accessibility is more important than spam, and shouldn't be left as something to "fit in". I'm probably just spoiled by Jijo's excellent spam-handling, the ability to do really funky scoring and filtering on my computer, and the calm assurance that mail was never meant to be a lossless medium anyway.