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Re: lynx-dev ftp://user:address@hidden too much unencripted info

From: Philip Webb
Subject: Re: lynx-dev ftp://user:address@hidden too much unencripted info
Date: Mon, 8 Nov 1999 18:25:12 -0500 (EST)

991108 Klaus Weide & Philip Webb debated a proposal by Leonid Pauzner:
LP> When I start with ftp://user:address@hidden
LP>                             ^^^^^^
LP> I see that prefix with username and password unencripted
LP> for all URLs shown from lynx: in Advanced mode statusline
LP> while navigating across directories; in History/VisitedLinks/Info
KW> Using a password in a URL is so hopelessly bad
KW> I wouldn't bother trying to hide it.
PW> IOW "Traffic conditions & speeding on this road are so bad
PW> you shouldn't put a pedestrian crossing there
PW> because people might get hurt using it:
PW> they should just stay on their own side of the road".
KW> There are already overpasses that have been built
KW> so people can cross that road safely:
KW> don't put the password into the URL, be prompted for it.
that's a better way of putting it (smile).
so maybe an alternative is to erect barriers along the sidewalks
(a la England) to prevent people crossing elsewhere: ie Lynxwise,
refuse to accept an URL of the above form, with an appropriate message.
but LP's approach (in his reply to you) should still work, shouldn't it?

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