The Future of the Internet, and how to stop it

May 15th, 2008

Jonathan Zittrain is a professor at Harvard Law School and a founder of Harvard Law School`s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. He discusses different models for ‘applications’ usage in various computer platforms from mainframes to iPhones to web pages, and the benfits/risks of each. The video is over an hour, but it is a good viewpoint for those who attended Faculty Academy, and others as well.

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FTP alternatives

May 9th, 2007

As of July 1st, FTP access to the main shares will be disabled from the Internet except for faculty and staff using a VPN. As of the Fall, FTP access will be disabled altogether. This link lists other options for getting to a share.

Unfortunately, none of the alternatives work with Vista out of the box, however, NetStorage does work if one installs and uses Firefox. NetStorage only allows one file to be uploaded/downloaded at at time, but at least it is a viable option until, hopefully, one of the other options will be updated to work with Vista by the Fall.

Update: Another workaround for Vista that does work without installing additional software is to disable TLS 1.0 in Internet Explorer, but make sure SSL 3.0 is still set. This will allow NetStorage to work with IE. Use this option only as a last resort because it does lower the security posture.

Using Firefox has security advantages, mainly that it doesn’t allow ActiveX applets to run. It is also open source which means that hundreds, if not thousands, of security experts have gone through the source code looking for exploits. Mozilla offers a $500 reward for any security flaws found in Firefox (as long as the flaw isn’t exploited by the discoverer).


March 16th, 2007

Hello. This blog will be primarily for IT Security related issues that students, faculty and staff may encounter at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg and Stafford Virginia. Others are welcome as well as most of the items posted will be applicable to all computer users.

Thanks for stopping by.
Clay Calvert