null wrote:

> http://www.velocityreviews.com/forums/(E-Mail Removed) wrote:

>

> > I agree, it's protection against your kid sister only - security

> > through obscurity, and we all know what that means! (Yuck!)

>

> Here we go... Can you name some type of security that ISN'T making use

> of obscurity? The lock to your car and house require an

> obscurely-patterned key to fit. Every one of your passwords works

> because it is obscure. And on and on... And your anonymous remailer

> adds privacy and security by using obscurity.
None of those things use obscurity in any significant way to provide

security. Even your car key relies on provable mathematical formula and

the probability that a thief can't try all possible keys in any

practical span of time. Passwords and encryption (remailers) rely on

hard mathematics even more so than your auto's locks, and are

consequently even harder to "crack". Assuming passwords of sufficient

strength of course, which is a contradiction to passwords that are

merely obscure.