[LINK] NBN and ISP differences?

Rick Welykochy rick at praxis.com.au
Fri Feb 18 15:19:50 AEDT 2011

stephen at melbpc.org.au wrote:

> Microsoft Changes Tune Over Steps Toward Internet Safety

> Most notably, privacy is a key concern. In order for
> ISPs to be responsible for internet security, they would have to scan PCs
> to root out infections. While in a technical sense this could be
> effective; most people won't want their provider snooping around their PC.

Given that it is quite easy to break into many consumer modem/routers
(cf. separate Link article last year), such a scheme of having a PC
open for "ISP inspection" would leave it a sitting duck for exploiters,
identity theives and similar ilk.

> Comcast has a feature called Constant Guard, which warns customers when
> they detect a security problem coming from their computer.

Once again, serious privacy concerns with such a scheme. I presume they
would be performing deep packet inspection to detect abuses.

The only real solutionthat provides both prvacy and protection is to use secure
routers and secure operating systems.


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