Digital File Transfer Get Yourself Connected
By inserting some code in the home directory, a UNIX user can type something as simple as ftp.george.com and transfer all of the files in the directory. The process is simple and safe.
Then again, digital file transfer, itself, is rather simple and safe. A properly compressed file will prevent corruption. And security isn't as big an issue as most people believe. As Mekis points out, tapping into specific data flowing as packets interspersed with other people's information is almost impossible. You take bigger risks with your personal information in everyday life.
"You'll worry about the security of the Internet, then hand your credit card to a waiter who disappears with it for 10 minutes," Mekis says. "Tell me: What happened to it in the meantime?"