[kwlug-disc] Blackberry kerfluffle matters? [Was: Firesheep: Open WiFi cookie stealing for the masses ...]

unsolicited unsolicited at swiz.ca
Wed Oct 27 01:34:12 EDT 2010


Khalid Baheyeldin wrote, On 10/26/2010 8:24 PM:
> On Tue, Oct 26, 2010 at 8:11 PM, Lori Paniak
> <ldpaniak at fourpisolutions.com>wrote:
> The VPN solution is not going to be effective for real-time
>> communications like VoIP or video (though there are other solutions
>> there). Additionally, browsing the internet through your home VPN server
>> is not particularly pleasant due to the <600kbps bottleneck on uploads
>> from home.
> 
> It is usable indeed.
> 
> Companies who provide VPN services are making good money providing
> VPN services for those in countries that block Skype (e.g. UAE, Thailand,
> and others).
> 
> I personally know a few people who use VPN just for that reason.
> 
> Yes, there is a performance penalty, but it does not make VoIP unusable.

> A VPN solves this for both notebooks as well as smartphones in a cafe.

Given the prevalence of VPN as you say, was the whole Blackberry / 
governments banning their use if RIM doesn't open up the encryption so 
they can listen in on messages  kerfluffle overblown?

i.e.  Companies that care have gone to IM / e-mail / whatever over VPN 
instead?



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