Sunday, November 16, 2008

No Blackberry for YOu!

So the rest of us are exposed to security breaches and nobody is doing anything about that? From the New York Times today.

Sorry, Mr. President. Please surrender your BlackBerry.

The Caucus

Those are seven words President-elect Barack Obama is dreading but expecting to hear, friends and advisers say, when he takes office in 65 days.

For years, like legions of other professionals, Mr. Obama has been all but addicted to his BlackBerry. The device has rarely been far from his side — on most days, it was fastened to his belt — to provide a singular conduit to the outside world as the bubble around him grew tighter and tighter throughout his campaign.

“How about that?” Mr. Obama replied to a friend’s congratulatory e-mail message on the night of his victory.

But before he arrives at the White House, he will probably be forced to sign off. In addition to concerns about e-mail security, he faces the Presidential Records Act, which puts his correspondence in the official record and ultimately up for public review, and the threat of subpoenas. A decision has not been made on whether he could become the first e-mailing president, but aides said that seemed doubtful.
Now, I know that we are all aware that our e-mail and our wireless phone conversations can easily be intercepted and used for evil. And, I know that all of YOU use only encrypted e-mail and DO NOT EVER give out information such as Social Security numbers on a wireless phone (and only use a hard wired land line to do that).

So just remember that as part of your "safe communicating" in your job and in your personal activities. Even Obama cannot Blackberry at will.


At 11:40 PM, Anonymous Jackie said...

OBAMA CAN'T BLACKBERRY? What have our Secret Services men been up to all these years? Sheesh.

But honestly, I'm surprised people in GENERAL (not just the President Elect) aren't jumping to encrypt everything they send or receive. There's far too much data interception that goes on to just utilize the internet "freely."


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