send and receive faxes via email

Chris Wood chris at tincreek.com
Wed May 9 19:37:57 MDT 2012


On May 9, 2012 6:59 PM, "Tod Hansmann" <plug.org at todandlorna.com> wrote:
>
> On 5/9/2012 1:31 PM, Merrill Oveson wrote:
> > Question:  What about security?
> >
> > Faxes are good for credit card information.
> >
> > Does sending or receiving a fax via email present a security risk?
> >
> >
> I'm going to go ahead and disagree here.  How, exactly, does a fax mean
> more security than an email for credit card info?  I'm not very paranoid
> about my credit card info, but I don't send it over fax OR email, and
> prefer to give it over the phone to a verified agent of the company I'm
> sending it to.  (I make that sound fancy, but someone I'm reasonably
> sure is supposed to be taking my CC info and treating it
> appropriately).  If I'm sending it via email or fax, I would presume
> it's in the lobby behind the receptionist just waiting for anyone to
> come pick it up, including the receptionist.
>
> I'm with Jonathan Duncan, faxes need to die.  Anyone asking for a fax
> should be told in the most serious tone possible: "If I can page you
> right after it finishes, I will fax you.  If you don't have a pager, you
> need to leave its cousin out of our relationship so we can remain
> friends in the current century."

I believe the legal system has historically given value to a fax as more
binding than email due to the ability to have signatures and that little
time stamp validating the date, time, and sender. Whether they should is
debatable.


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