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Re: [opensuse] something like skype, but secure?
  • From: "John Andersen" <jsamyth@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 4 May 2008 23:42:38 -0700
  • Message-id: <60fb01490805042342hf57f4d2s30cc264bda7e2f9b@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On Sun, May 4, 2008 at 11:31 PM, Sunny <sloncho@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

One can even whisper in her
party's ear on Times Square for that purpose alone, and noone should
tell that this is wrong.

Or encrypt messages (voice or text) over the internet.

To refocus on the subject at hand:

Now Skype is encrypted end to end. Most sip services are not.
So I find it really odd, that the title of this thread is
"something like skype, but secure"

Skype is more secure than most of the alternatives as far as the actual
user is concerned. Admittedly, the end user neither knows nor gets to
assign the encryption key. Its automatically generated for them.

Since most skype calls don't go thru Skype infrastructure (connections
are arranged there, but once you connect you are no longer going
thru their boxes).

But unless or until skype offers the ability to generate and use one's
own key the suspicion will always be that while you wisper in the
other's ear in Times Square, someone with a shotgun microphone
is listening.

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