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Re: Is there an emacs security answer vs vim??

From: J. David Boyd
Subject: Re: Is there an emacs security answer vs vim??
Date: Mon, 27 Nov 2006 16:22:38 -0500
User-agent: Gnus/5.1008 (Gnus v5.10.8) Emacs/22.0.90 (gnu/linux)

William Case <address@hidden> writes:

> Hi;
> I use emacs.  I posed a security question on the Fedora list.  Got some
> useful answers but then the thread drifted off to a discussion of vim
> -x.  No mention of emacs.  Is there an emacs answer?
> Original question: 
> "Need suggestions for a good lockbox -- a specialized application or an
> appropriate technique for locking away sensitive personal information.
> I am not normally a paranoid security freak. I keep my single user (and
> occasional guests) desktop and Internet system fairly open and loose.
> However, I would like to create one secure file or folder in which I can
> record as text things like a long list of user names and passwords for
> web sites -- to range from minor not often used sites, to Bank Accounts,
> paypal, some personal data with serial numbers etc.
> Is there a special program that exists for creating and locking up such
> a file without interfering with my generally open way of doing things?
> Any recommendations graciously received."
> Vim answer:
> "If you want something really simple, there is:
> vi -x filename  It will prompt for the encryption key and keep the file
> copy encrypted."
> My thread then drifted into a discussion by respondents about vim -x !
> I prefer using emacs, is there a way to use or set up a protected
> (encrypted ??) emacs file or directory?
> -- 
> Regards Bill

Hmm, you can try (info "(pgg)").  It uses GPG to provide functions for


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