[ILUG] Aunt Tillie doesn't get Linux after all
watty at eircom.net
Tue Jul 22 14:51:25 IST 2008
Timothy Murphy wrote:
> On Tuesday 22 July 2008 01:54:43 pm FRLinux wrote:
>>> Because they have visited their psychotherapist,
>>> and been cured of paranoia?
> [The question was: Why would anyone use WEP/]
>> Man don't feed the troll. Running WEP is like running without encryption...
> I guess it depends on the context.
> If I worked in a den of iniquity like DIAS I might worry about it,
> but actually I use WiFi for 99.9% of the time at home,
> to link my laptops to a server.
> All my neighbours are ultra-respectable (3 are Presbyterian)
They may only seem so. Middle Eastern Sheep & Goats or Wheat and Tares
look identical, especially when young, hence admonision to not judge
(either way) but leave it to the final judgement. If you are an Atheist,
then you believe you can never know and would be very suspiciious of
Calvinists any way.
> and the probability of them breaking into my system is close to zero.
> Anything on my computer worth stealing (eg exam questions)
> is safely encrypted, so any wicked lurker will be very disappointed.
> Are there really unemployed gurus going round the city
> breaking into innocent people's computers through WiFi?
All you need is google. Not a Guru.
> Probability of person trying to break into my system: 0.1%
> Probability of this person knowing how to break WEP: 1%
> So probability of someone breaking and entering this way: 0.001%
> Probability of cat peeing on my computer: 1%.
> (Increasing to 5% in the winter, when he sits on it for warmth.)
More a case of your Internet Cap getting used up and maybe responsible
for what someone unknown does using your IP.
(Mines always the same).
No-one is going to access any of our files directly without knowing the
account, however the LAN *may* have insecure applications/PCs compared
to the public side of the firewall.
I'd sooner give up AV software than run WEP.
(Actually I have).
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