Do We Need a New Internet to be Secure?

Unknown to many, a second internet (aptly named “Internet 2”) already exists. An intra-university and research network, it was designed for one thing: performance.

Now, thanks to an onslaught of security concerns, many in the internet community are calling for a new, third internet.  One built for security that would replace our current web (which we’ll lovingly call Internet 1).

Even the FBI agrees.  Shawn Henry, the bureau’s executive assistant director, says that “critical systems are under increasing threat from terror groups looking to buy or lease the computer skills and malware needed to launch a cyber attack,” and admits that the most secure solution would be to build a separate, highly secure internet.

How this actually plays out remains to be seen. Will a new internet be built?  Will tech companies simply enhance existing security features?  Will it be up to us to stay secure by taking matters into our own hands (like knowing how to keep fresh passwords and protect your online accounts from being hijacked)?

Whatever the result, rest assured that, as a web surfer, functions you’ve come to love and appreciate from your online services (be it your bank, internet provider like EarthLink, or google) would not be affected by the building of a new internet.  But it’s always nice to know what poeple are discussing behind the scenes.

Securing Home Wireless

In recent years home wireless (Wi-Fi) internet connections have become very common. Wireless router technology allows computers to connect to the internet without cords allowing computers to be portable. Wireless routers use radio signals to communicate with your computer. The wireless router broadcasts the availability of your internet connection and like a radio can be picked up by anyone within a certain distance. Because anyone within a certain distance can intercept the communication between the wireless router and your computer, an unsecured wireless connection can have unintended consequences. Continue reading