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Encryption Alternative
I've been watching the knee-jerk calls to "encrypt everything," knowing full well that's a very expensive route to go ("Encryption's Downside," Sept. 25, 2006).

I haven't seen any discussion of removing Social Security numbers from use in systems where they're really not necessary. At least my state driver's license now has a non-SSN ID number.

David Eddy
Principal, David Eddy & Associates
Babson Park, Mass.

Don't Mince Words
I'd love to see the media call the practice of "pretexting" what it really is: illegal impersonation and outright fraud ("Will HP's Troubles Change The MO Of Your Own Corporate Investigations?" Oct. 3, 2006). If we could get every journalist and politician to stop using the term "pretext" maybe we could get something done.

Greg Marston
Director of Information Technology
B&F Capital Markets

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