Fwd: about accounts file

Ethan Blanton 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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