looks like encryption is causing more problems than solutions.
at least when i search this forum for “unencrypt”, and go thru the 21 results (and opened a few of them). and for myself, for all the reasons already listed there (and specially here) and for my own love to backup my own chat history (on this case, using emails).
not all email clients can decrypt my own messages! on device loss, that’s all messages gone.
automated backup when there’s already an email “backup” makes zero sense.
how much do we really need to worry for middle man attacks?
or privacy concerns?
i personally think this privacy thing in the world today is exaggerated (along with other fears) and i only care for encryption (with delta chat) in 2 situations, both of which might have better ways to be handled:
- preventing evil bots and scripts looking to spam/scam me
that’s what all email providers are already worried for. do we really need yet another effort in this direction? for sure they’re already using encryption and whatever other means there. i don’t care, it seem to work.
- ensuring our messages are delivered and intact
again, email providers job. plus, video calls. if something is really that important, i won’t rely on text messages anyway. for big groups, some sort of network reliance would work much better… still, i view to focus on improving the calls instead!
what about marketing?
i get it. we can’t sell the idea of a chat application with privacy concerns without encryption by default, given the craziness that’s all around…
by all means, move on with the efforts there. make it default. whatever.
but, please, also offer us some way to turn it completely off and work so much better without it!
i mean, if i choose to turn off encryption on my side, i want all my emails unencrypted. that’s all.
it’s not so simple, i know! i honestly don’t know how to do this technically, if most people will have their default “all encrypted”, but at very least i could get an email to myself with an unencrypted copy of each email.
“privacy first, but optional”. or something. i’m no expert in marketing, encryption, privacy or anything really… but…
do i make any sense?