text, which means humans can read it. Encrypted text, on the other
hand, requires a key or a supercomputer to decode into human-readable
Second, every email system has administrators who have unlimited
access to all mail messages sent from, to, and through that system. It's
possible to design a system that doesn't have this feature, but there
aren't many. In fact, when you send an email message across the
Internet, it often hops from server to server several times before it
reaches its destination. As a result, it can be read by system administrators all across the country -- possibly the world.
This isn't necessarily a bad thing. To make a system work, the sysadmin needs this kind of power. If a message is incorrectly addressed, the
sysadmin can open it up and figure out who should get it. If messages
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