Security Now Episode 442 is particularly interesting

Posted by Paul Braren on Feb 22 2014 (updated on Feb 23 2014) in
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  • Whatever you think of Leo Laporte and Steve Gibson, this is quite the entertaining episode. Leo has a hard time hiding his disdain for Comcast. While I don't (yet) have this cable giant in my town, this episode explores the far-reaching implications of all this, and a bunch of other interesting security related topics too.

    Ok, so, here's the timeline, up through the Feb 11th podcast, and what has happened since:

    Could this have anything to do with the launch of their new Xfinity Online Streaming service, which doesn’t go against your data caps? Possibly. It’s actually quite likely, if you think about it. If you were an automaker who happened to own a highway, it might make sense to let your brand of car drive in the fast lane for free, while competitor’s cars were forced to sit in the toll booth line for hours.

    Comcast, trying to appear benevolent as it seeks to create the largest broadband provider in the country via a merger with Time Warner Cable, peered with Netflix to avoid regulators asking tough questions.

    Comcast is having quite the month, eh?

    Steve's podcast also touches upon numerous issues that are so very useful for the IT professional to also stay on top of lately, such as:

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    with full shownotes here.

    If you've never listened to Security Now, give it a shot, as you'll likely appreciate Steve's ability to clearly communicate complex concepts. Various ways to sign up, listen, or watch at:

    Security Now 442 "Q&A 183" Feb 11 2014.

    See also:

    Using your home network’s ESXi or Hyper-V OpenVPN appliance to safely use public WiFi

    by Paul Braren on Dec 12 2013

    Why Windows Home Server? Personal Cloud with Bare Metal Restore and Single Instance Storage (possible broadband caps looming)

    by Paul Braren on Mar 14 2012

    Given the specter of bandwidth caps, and the conflict of interest with Netflix and other video providers, I don’t really see a way for my family to cut over to cloud services entirely anytime soon. Not to mention the issue of the time to upload or download 4TB of personal data.

    Security Now 443 "Sisyphus" Feb 18 2014.

    with full shownotes here:

    • Linksys Router "The Moon" Worm
    • Kickstarter Breach
    • Belkin WeMo Home Automation trouble, explained here
    • ASUS Router trouble, explained here

    ...derailed by the overwhelmingly worrisome security news, with significant new problems from Linksys, Belkin, Asus and others. So this week's podcast is pure, and rather sobering, news of the week.


    Feb 23 2014 Update:

    And now, a new analysis of the Comcast/Netflix "resolution":

    How Comcast's Netflix Bullying Could Cost Us All

    by Eric Limer on Feb 23 2014