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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: Wed, 29 Nov 2006 09:52:27 -0500
User-agent: Gnus/5.1008 (Gnus v5.10.8) Emacs/22.0.90 (gnu/linux)

Tim X <address@hidden> writes:

> 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. 
Who would be using anything less? :=>

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