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News Google Chrome to call out unencrypted websites

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Gareth Halfacree, 29 Jan 2016.

  1. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    Time for bit-tech to get up-to-date?
     
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    Because EVERYTHING must be encrypted. Even reviews of naked motherboards and hot keyboard&mouse action. The government might find out you prefer trackballs to mice!
     
  4. Gareth Halfacree

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    Actually, yeah, that's the entire point. Everything must be encrypted, because:

    If only important things are encrypted, then as soon as an attacker sees encryption he or she knows it's important - and therefore where to focus their efforts. This is why the US military created TOR and then released it for general use: its own sooper-sekrit stuff is buried in the masses of pornography and Silk Road-alikes everybody else uses it for. If they hadn't have released TOR for general-purpose use, it wouldn't work.

    Encrypted streams are guaranteed free from tampering. No malware injection from a compromised midpoint, or ISP-injected adverts, or other ISP replaced adverts.

    Encrypted streams come with confirmation that you are indeed communicating with the site with which you think you are communicating. No more DNS-hijacking attacks, no more ISPs hijacking search traffic, and you'll see a major reduction in successful phishing attempts.

    Encrypted streams are free from deep packet inspection: your ISP can tell you're communicating with a particular website using a TLS connection, but not what you're actually doing with said website. This would help prevent certain service degradation controls ISPs place on selected traffic, but sadly wouldn't do much for things like your ISP slowing down your connection to Netflix (but it would stop things like T-Mobile's recent trick of downgrading all videos to 240p resolution).

    Hopefully that makes the benefits of encryption clearer!
     

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