Originally Posted by freebird5825
I always get the downloadable version for this very reason. dh2b is a telecomm guy and very savvy about computer security. His feeling about voluntarily supplying a full set of highly personal info online is a big
Who am I to argue with someone who w*rks in the business ?
Agreed. I did computer forensics for a long time and part of that job entailed breaking passwords and encryption. It is difficult, but not impossible, to break any encryption now known and it will get easier with faster processors and distributed attacks. It boils down to factoring large prime numbers, giving each computer a "piece of the pie" to munch on, similar to the concept behind the SETI screensaver project. And it depends on how many resources you want to throw at it.
In the words of one of the early guys doing that work in the late '80's "The only way to make a computer absolutely secure is turn it off."
An interesting read is The Code Book
by Simon Singh, about the history of cryptography.