Security of email

  ARB 11:27 15 Apr 2010
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I have received confidential documents from Kenya to the UK Manchester. Does anyone have any idea how many relays this will have approximately taken? Am I correct in thinking that with a little know how the relays could read the un-encripted email?

  Clapton is God 11:34 15 Apr 2010

Whilst not being able to answer your specific questions, you may safely assume that "security" and "e-mail" need not be spoken in the same context.

  Belatucadrus 13:29 15 Apr 2010
  ARB 13:49 15 Apr 2010

Sorry, the security of that document is not in issue. It is a question of whether this is now Public Domain documents or not?

  Woolwell 14:02 15 Apr 2010

Public Domain normally refers to copyright. Just because they have been transferred by e-mail should not affect the copyright of the material.

If anyone wants to send confidential information by e-mail and they don't want it read by anyone other than the recipient then they should encrypt it before transmission. There are programs that do this.

  ARB 16:53 15 Apr 2010

The question is has any one any idea how many computers an email would pass via? Or IF it can be seen by any of the PCs etc?

  GANDALF <|:-)> 17:57 15 Apr 2010

It is hard to say how many servers the mail goes thropugh but it could be up to 20 or as little as 3. Igf you are that worried about security then you should be encrypting your email.
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  DieSse 18:16 15 Apr 2010

The question is has any one any idea how many computers an email would pass via? Or IF it can be seen by any of the PCs etc?

It'll pass through "several" and also routers - but these aren't PCs like we have on our desktop, with someone using them.

Whilst I suppose in theory someone could actually intercept an email and read it, the servers and routers that the mail passes through are handling millions per hour. If someone wanted to see a particular email it wouldn't be done that way - some sort of targeted intercept would be done on the sending or receiving computer - any other way would be impracticable except at a governmental level.

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