Responsibility for Net security rests with users

Hotmail hole reveals need for encryption, says Demon

Demon Internet believes Net users should take greater personal responsibility for protecting themselves online from hackers and saboteurs. Richard Clayton, Internet Expert at Demon (we didn't make that up, that's what it says on his business card0 -- Ed) made the appeal in response to the meltdown of Microsoft Hotmail on Monday. He didn't single out Microsoft for the problem but instead used the opportunity to hit out at the UK government's dithering approach to encryption. "The government should be encouraging encryption, not going around putting people off. Its current stand is damaging society and lessons need to be learned from this incident," he said. According to Clayton, the Hotmail debacle is the most concrete reason there is for the introduction of "end-to-end encryption". "What this incident proves is that if you want security you have to provide it yourself," he said. ®

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