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lorax




msg:4677942
 11:57 am on Jun 6, 2014 (gmt 0)

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If we've learned anything over the past year, itís that encryption, when done correctly, works. If we properly encrypt our sites and devices, we can make mass surveillance much more difficult.

 

incrediBILL




msg:4678023
 4:18 pm on Jun 6, 2014 (gmt 0)

we can make mass surveillance much more difficult.


That's true if you made smarter people using the devices that connect to any old open wifi which can easily decrypt SSL using man-in-the-middle attacks. The problem with mobile is due to the smaller interface there's a lot less data available and some things easily spotted and avoided on a desktop have no mobile equivalents so it's easier to be victimized and not know it until it's too late.

Also, while security is great the places already suffering bandwidth issues will feel it just a little more.

All the pings, notifications, pre-fetches and more and more, now using SSL, may look fantastic from a normal broadband connection but you get some sluggish DSL, overloaded or fringe 3G connection, or worse yet the massively overloaded airport wifi and this extra load helps push it over the edge.

P.S. Isn't this a hoot, WP goes "secure" the same day "secure" has a vulnerability, the irony of WP security (oxymoron) just cracks me up:
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lorax




msg:4678045
 5:26 pm on Jun 6, 2014 (gmt 0)

>> Heartbleed

Good point incrediBill. I wonder what their solution will be.

martinibuster




msg:4678056
 6:41 pm on Jun 6, 2014 (gmt 0)

Maybe I'm missing something. If the sites hosted on Wordpress.com are public and openly scraped, visited, tweeted and otherwise freely viewed, what is it that is being protected from surveillance?

lorax




msg:4678097
 12:41 am on Jun 7, 2014 (gmt 0)

I believe it has to do with access to the admin dashboard and the unames/pwds used for access.

martinibuster




msg:4678107
 2:59 am on Jun 7, 2014 (gmt 0)

That will help a site from having their passwords sniffed. Not just from government surveillance. Maybe I'm being overly critical or grumpy. Seems a bit exaggerated to posture it as an anti-surveillance thing.

Brett_Tabke




msg:4678142
 8:52 am on Jun 7, 2014 (gmt 0)

Who had a hand in building the security protocols? We are naive if we don't think same ppl can decrypt SSL traffic in real time. SSL = false sense of security.

lorax




msg:4678161
 12:21 pm on Jun 7, 2014 (gmt 0)

Naw, I don't think you're being overly critical. There seems to be an element of grandstanding involved. There are a few higher priorities on my list for WordPress.

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