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2012
unknownj
For the geeks, how's this for a crap process:

I receive an encrypted file via e-mail, embedded in an HTML file. So I open the HTML file, and submit a form to an external site. This posts the encrypted content to that server, which then returns the encrypted content to me, but has extracted from the encrypted data the recipients of the e-mail. So it presents me with a list of people who received the e-mail, and asks which one I am.

I confirm, and re-submit the form, which posts the encrypted content to the server, and then returns it to me in a new page, which then prompts me to press a button to decrypt the data. So I do. It posts the encrypted content back to the server, then returns it to me, and prompts me for my password. I enter that, it posts the encrypted content back to the server, and then gives me back the decrypted result.

So, let's say I'm trying to access a 1mb file that's been sent encrypted. I receive it via e-mail, then post it to the server, then receive it, then post it, then receive it, then post it, then receive it, then post it, then get given a page where I can download it.

So for that 1mb file, I have to upload 4mb in total, and download 5mb in total, all because the file cannot persist on their servers (which would be how you'd normally do it - upload the file to their server once, jump through their hoops while they hold onto the data, and then get it back at the end), so I have to play ping-pong with it the whole time.

It's fine at work. But over any other connection, it's a nightmare....

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