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elb at pidgin.im
Sat Aug 24 15:53:21 EDT 2013
Tres Finocchiaro spake unto us the following wisdom:
> I've never much understood Pidgins perspective on this. Even base64 is
> obscure enough to keep a human from reading it over the shoulder.
Unless your password is very, very bad, a base64 encoding of the
password should be of roughly similar complexity. Therefore, anyone
who can remember your password can remember the base64 -- and reverse
> The Unix argument seems to be pragmatic and naive in an Active Directory
> dominated industry. I for one agree with the OP, clear text is frightening
> to see, regardless of the technicalities around how secure it is.
Good. It should be frightening. That's the point.
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