James Courtier-Dutton james.dutton at gmail.com
Sat Oct 18 06:50:38 UTC 2014

On Oct 18, 2014 6:55 AM, "Mark Preston" <mark at markpreston.co.uk> wrote:
> On 17/10/14 16:52, Andrew Black wrote:
>> /No one really uses fax any more. Everyone accepts PDF email
>> attachments instead now./
>> I thought that too until I had loads of medical appointments with my
>> (now late) father. The health service is very fragmented and (in my
>> experience) are quite cagey about letting patients know their staff
>> email.  And you can't really be sure they are read. I got a flame from
>> my dad's GP for sending him an email - he had grudgingly given it to me
>> months before - he only read email once a week.
>> I haven't yet quite had the energy to plug my printer/scanner which
>> claims to do fax into a telphone socket. I have a gut feeling it wont be
>> quite as simple as it sounds. But I think I ought to before my mother
>> gets seriously ill.
> Hi Andrew,
> Faxes are actually very secure. To encrypt emails the recipient and the
sender both need their own public and private encryption keys, and to have
verified these, or exchanged their public keys personally. That is one
reason why it hasn't exactly caught on.
> See
> "Why the Healthcare Industry is Moving from Email to Fax"
> http://www.gfi.com/blog/email-to-fax/

Fax is not secure.
Email is not secure. I never said it was.
A more secure equivalence of fax is sftp or scp. You verify the
destination's identity before transmission. Something email cannot do.

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