[amsat-bb] Re: Linksys routers and 2M "birdies"

Jeff Wandling W7BRS amsat at w7brs.com
Wed Feb 4 18:00:50 PST 2009

Oh OK, so yea Bruce does have a different opinion about securing networks 
vs. the data you hold.  You dropped the name but didn't give any context.

Yes, I've read his remarks on this.  He has a different opinion.  In a 
situation where the bandwidth wasn't an issue, I would agree 100%.  In the 
context of bandwith, I'd do what I could to keep the pedestrian user from 
wasting my precious bandwidth.

His remarks don't deal with the bandwidth as far as I remember. He was 
speaking to the point of securing your data.  If I had his income, and a 
network to match I wouldn't worry as much about the script kiddy next door 
stealing a few Mb/sec.

His message, in a nutshell; secure your data.  The idea that you can 
protect your data by password protecting your network is the main 
complaint he has. I agree.  It's foolish to think protecting your 
network secures your data.

I quote: "If I configure my computer to be secure regardless of the 
network it's on, then it simply doesn't matter. And if my computer isn't 
secure on a public network, securing my own network isn't going to reduce 
my risk very much."

The article is here, if you want to refer to it:



On Wed, 4 Feb 2009, Doug Faunt N6TQS +1-510-655-8604 wrote:

> Err, check out Bruce Schneier's view on this.
> 73, doug
>   Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2009 16:59:06 -0800 (PST)
>   From: Jeff Wandling W7BRS <amsat at w7brs.com>
>   Yup, and..
>   For liability reasons, I wouldn't share your bandwidth with another
>   household.  Who knows what they'll do with the connection. Download
>   illegal stuff, share illegal stuff, etc.. It's just bad juju.
>   Make your SSID unpublished, run IPCop on a spare beige box, and use an
>   AccessPoint not a dual router-hub.
>   -jeff
>   On Wed, 4 Feb 2009, Sebastian wrote:
>   > Well for one thing, in stateside, it's usually against the rules of
>   > the ISP to share a connection with your neighbors.
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