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Sep
12
comment Does Skype technology tap a user's machine to route other calls?
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Sep
12
comment Does Skype technology tap a user's machine to route other calls?
I'm not behind a NAT but sometimes the people I call are. Where do Microsoft claim that they don't route traffic through end users? The only sources I've seen are news articles saying that they don't have end user supernodes (which are not call routers).
Sep
12
comment Does Skype technology tap a user's machine to route other calls?
The old Skype protocol has been deprecated now and no longer works so you can't be using a version of Skype that allows you to be a Supernode. Supernodes are different to call routers though. I'm not on an old version of Skype and neither are the people I call but we still get routed via end-user ADSL connections. That functionality hasn't changed.
Sep
12
comment Does Skype technology tap a user's machine to route other calls?
And being a Supernode was different than routing calls. Supernodes handled authentication and user lookups (this is what Microsoft brought in house when they acquired Skype, although efforts to do this were already underway by Skype themselves after the last serious outage)
Sep
12
comment Does Skype technology tap a user's machine to route other calls?
Skype still does occasionally route through end user desktops. I've not got a linked source for this but I've noticed it using bandwidth between 2 IP addresses (and also when I've had calls routed I've looked at the IP addresses that it communicates through and they're sometimes end user ADSL connections)
Aug
9
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Sep
19
comment Popular Security “Cargo Cults”
Regarding your first point, most of the corporates I've dealt with have to do this to get round the filters in their email system. The scanners (GMail included) won't allow you to send zip files with exe files in them, so you need to encrypt the zip file to send it (although personally I just rename the zip file to zop, then GMail leaves it alone!)
Jun
19
comment Is encryption in HTTPS done by the browser or by the system?
For example, you can install a program called Fiddler for debugging http applications. This has the option to install a root certificate specifically so that it can decrypt SSL traffic on your own computer. It creates a certificate from this root certificate for every site you visit (all with "DO NOT TRUST" in their name so you can easily delete them after). It's a good example if you want to see it in action.
May
9
comment Intel How Strong is Your Password page, good advice?
@Fase - Good point, I hadn't actually noticed that. Having said that though, clicking on the link now does actually take you to a page protected by SSL!
May
9
comment Intel How Strong is Your Password page, good advice?
Nice to see them hosting the site on SSL as well so that no one can sniff your passwords as you merrily type them in... oh wait!
Aug
24
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Aug
24
answered Sharing wifi at a business - Bad Policy?