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Palin's Inbox

  1. Sep 18, 2008 #1
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    wikileaks is currently offline
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    works on my computer:

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    That's correct. Official communications one makes as a part of one's job belong to the employer. That's true for government officials and private employees (in other words, you, too, can get in trouble with your employer if you use your personal e-mail to conduct company business).

    Technically, she (or any other employee) could probably meet the legal requirements by printing and filing copies of the e-mails from her personal e-mail account, but that's tossing a wrench into what should be an automated, almost paperless system.

    A more efficient method of meeting the requirements would be to forward the e-mails to your business e-mail address. That would meet the legal requirements and avoid throwing a wrench into the system.

    The best method is to use your business e-mail for business and your personal e-mail for personal mail. Since a lot of folks will both of your e-mails in their contacts list, the only thing you can do to people who send stuff to the wrong address is to remind them of your business address. You can't stop the problem completely. (Especially from the people who send their stuff to every e-mail they have for you, just in case.)

    If the e-mails contain proprietary information (more for private companies than government), then you definitely want to remind the person to use your business e-mail. They can get into trouble for distributing proprietary info to the wrong destination even if you can't (presumably, a company's e-mail would be harder to hack than Yahoo, but that's not necessarily true).

    If there's a pattern to the e-mails, then you can get a whole new situation. If it looks like the governor is using the e-mail to hide official business from government officials, then you're going to have an investigation. Usually a person tries to hide business e-mails from their employer because they're doing something unethical or illegal.
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    You can bet if the McCain Campaign had any Obama emails, they would be splashing them about.

    Good for the AP not cooperating. The Secret Service is out of line expecting to plug the bottle.

    As to appropriate authorities ... What exactly is the charge?
  9. Sep 18, 2008 #8
    This may cast doubts on Palin's knowledge of security.:rolleyes:

    There was an occasion when I needed to get into my son's Verizon account. His company had given him a new blackberry several months previously, so he gave his old phone and prepaid account to my wife.

    There was a problem because he could not remember the password to the old phone. He was busy so I went to the account online, but was stopped by the password.

    I clicked on "forgot Password" a screen popped up with two security questions. One was mothers maiden name. Hey that is my wife. The next was dogs name. LOL I trained that mutt. With that information I changed the password to one that was easy for my wife to remember.

    After that I made a bet that with my daughter in law that I could get access her Yahoo account. It was simple. I had her e-mail address, dogs name and son's middle name were the security questions.

    If one knows a bit of personal information about a someone it is fairly easy to access an account. And a lot of companies use simple family related security questions because people tend to forget them. A bit of trial and error and a hacker is in.
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    Looking at the other areas of her expertise, Foreign Policy (I can see Russia) to Energy (dril, drill, drill), I guess knowing what to do with "You've got mail" qualifies her as an IT guru.

    Couple that with John McCain's positions on banking ("Mr. Keating on line 3 for you Senator") to the economy (Who needs Glass Steagall?) and the claim that McCain contributed to bringing about the Blackberry, looks like the McCain Palin team offers the opportunity to bring multiple areas of incompetence into the Executive offices.
  11. Sep 18, 2008 #10
    This is why I never use real info for any of those questions. I just make it up and generally use the same questions and answers so as to not forget.

    By the way does anything in therestate anything about the actual content of her e-mails? Maybe they were about campaigns and such but were just idle chat and nothing of actual importance.
  12. Sep 19, 2008 #11


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    Supposedly, there was no damaging info. (Hacking Sarah Palin
    Still, using the typical challenge questions are just setting a person up to be hacked - especially a public person that lots of people know a lot about.

    Also interesting:
    Even with a VP that "invented the internet", Bill Clinton didn't use it? (Gore, Hillary Clinton, Romney, and Obama almost never stop using their Blackberrys).
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