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Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Secure Perlmonks

by Mirage (Sexton)
on Jul 18, 2003 at 23:46 UTC ( #275787=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: Re: Re: Re: Secure Perlmonks
in thread Secure Perlmonks

Yes yes, I'm well aware of the difference between hackers and crackers. To me, the terms are interchangable. Its not my fault the media decided to call crackers, hackers.
Ok, sorry for misunderstanding you.

I was refering to the network as say your home computer. I was trying to make the point that you should be alot more concerned with someone sniffing passwords other than just your perlmonks password, or with something potentially worse, say using your netbios shares (or any other vulnerability for that matter) to "hijack" your computer.

The point is, that I often use my notebook from other networks(with wireless lan, so no switching) where I don't know everyone. I do know that most of these people there are able to use techniques to get any information that may give some fun, such as account information. I already use other means such as pop3s (and I don't have open netbios shares...) to minimize open vulnerabilities, and I wondered if it was possible to do so with perlmonks.

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Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Secure Perlmonks
by SyN/AcK (Scribe) on Jul 19, 2003 at 02:19 UTC

    Well, at this point, with wireless technology so new, you are pretty much at the mercy of the people around you. I would say that your best solution would therefore be to do your browsing "off" of your actual machine.

    Perhaps the best solution, therefore, would be to do your surfing thru a proxy. More importantly a proxy with SSL capabilities. I believe that someone here has already mentioned squid, and I think that would be an excellent solution.

    Something else to consider would be the anonymous web browsers out there. I think one is at anonymizer.com... I have not looked into these technologies much, but I believe that the idea is that you sign on for the service, and you are able to do all of your web browsing through there proxy server (which features encrypted communications) thereby eliminating the clear text passwords eminating from your machine (as I believe that they would actually be coming from the proxy server).

    Hopefully one of these suggestions will prove acceptable.
      Well, at this point, with wireless technology so new, you are pretty much at the mercy of the people around you. I would say that your best solution would therefore be to do your browsing "off" of your actual machine.

      Or websites could get a clue about security and self-sign their certificates...?

      Maybe it's just me but the "well only access <insert website /> from your home where there's a slightly less chance your traffic is being monitored" doesn't seem like a good excuse :)

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