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


From: Tim X
Subject: Re: Is there an emacs security answer vs vim??
Date: Wed, 29 Nov 2006 22:22:52 +1100
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/22.0.91 (gnu/linux)

address@hidden (J. David Boyd) writes:

> 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
> encryption/decryption.
>

Note however, pgp is only in emacs 22. 

Tim


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