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Hgco (talk|edits) said:

7 June 2013
I learned of a service called OpenDNS on yahoo that is supposed to provide security against malware and phishing. If I am not mistaken I think that it is supposed to speed up internet activity as well. Does anyone use it? Pros/Cons?

NoVATaxes (talk|edits) said:

8 June 2013
I use openDNS as parental control for my network. It's not user based so it's more a hammer than a scalpel. It has many categories of sites you can block so it's more flexible than Microsoft Family security.

I don't know about it speeding up Internet activity. If anything, it'd probably slow your traffic but so far I have not noticed any difference.

Fr. Mackelhenry (talk|edits) said:

8 June 2013
UPDATE:

"under the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act, the FBI can look at any emails that are more than 180 days old with just a subpoena, not a warrant.

"In 1986, that might have made sense," said Ben Wizner, director of the ACLU's Speech, Privacy and Technology Project. "The World Wide Web hadn't been created yet. Now, people have years of emails, calendars, photos, their diaries, all of this stuff is in a cloud."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/10/warrantless-email-searches-fbi_n_3253762.html

In 2010, a federal appeals court ruled that the FBI did, however, need a warrant even for emails older than 180 days. But based on the FBI documents sent to the ACLU in response to a public records request, the FBI's position on warrantless email snooping remains unchanged."



Do you know how easy it is to get a subpoena? I don't want anything up in the clouds but the Lord and his fallen angels. I also saw a story about this same thing today on nbcnews.com

Hgco (talk|edits) said:

8 June 2013
Thanks Fr. Makelhenry and NoVATaxes for your responses. Not sure that I want to apply anything that might slow down processing. However, info that I have found does suggest that many libraries use openDNS. I think they could have come up with a better name. The initial impression I got from the product name suggests that a user's information is less than secure.

P.S., Fr. Mackelhenry, I'm not sure any fallen angels are up in the clouds with the Lord; more likely walking to and fro on the earth seeking someone to devour. :)

Also NoVATaxes, I'm just now getting your user name. NoVATaxes (as in Northern Virginia) Taxes. I've been viewing it from the perspective of "Nova" Taxes, like as referring to the solar system, goofy me. I guess it could also potentially be misinterpreted as No Virginia taxes.

Gazoo (talk|edits) said:

9 June 2013
I encourage everyone interested in the subject of computers, the internet and security to listen to the interview given by Bruce Schneier posted on the chat page.

Fr. Mackelhenry (talk|edits) said:

16 June 2013
This post started out with OpenDNS.

For your personal computer, or to put on one computer, take a lood at OpenBSD.

This is not for the faint of heart, but for you geeks out there looking for ?some? security for one of your personal computers.

If BrockEA would only offer some CPE programming classes on Unix for the office, or the personal PC. If my memory serves, Brock is the top Unix person here. Experienced Linux users could get something out of this OS also.

http://www.openbsd.org/

There is another distro out there called FreeDSB, but I've never checked it out. http://www.freebsd.org/

(Don't throw your old computers out either. It will very likely run #!CrunchBang Linux with no problem. Help a younger person learn the command line. It's even practical in the sense that a growing amount of servers are Linux operated and growth will continue here. Here a kid reviews CruchBang with his mom. Even a kid can do it (of course). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SEc3wnO60o&feature=c4-overview&list=UURjXNz9JNSuE8n-Oej4Rflw) Here is a free, excellent book on the command line: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SEc3wnO60o&feature=c4-overview&list=UURjXNz9JNSuE8n-Oej4Rflw

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