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    Nomen Nescio
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    Verizon Droid Hotspot


    "Leythos" <spam999free@rrohio.com> wrote in message news:MPG.26d07162664d9d4f989687@us.news.astraweb.com...
    > In article <9ae4bc7faf626572292fcfd4d8aa3b64@dizum.com>,
    > nobody@dizum.com says...
    >> It turns out that newer models of the Droid have their own
    >> built-in WiFi hotspot, so if their workplace is using WiFi
    >> for their networks, one could simply change their workplace
    >> PC over to use the hotspot in the Droid. All you have to do is
    >> keep the Droid in their pocket, while its turned on, and
    >> they can surf where they want to.
    >>
    >> Since Verizon is carrying the traffic, and NOT the office
    >> LAN, nothing will ever show up in the company network logs.
    >>
    >> It looks like Verizon has effetively rendered all filtering
    >> software useless. As long as you can get a cellular signal,
    >> you can use your Droid's hotspot feature, and no record
    >> will ever show up in the company logs.
    >>

    >
    > If the company you work for has failed to properly secure your computers
    > (company resources), while you might be able to do this, you would still
    > be in violation of most company policies and be subject to discipline.
    >
    > Your suggested change is easy to detect, the connect/disconnect from the
    > network will show up in the logs.


    On the TV side of things we block US IP addresses, beucase
    movie/TV copyrights are far more complicated in the USA
    than elsehwere, and we also block proxies, becuase some
    people were using proxies to circumvent the country
    filter.

    Given the times of day, I would bet that it was someone
    from work in America tuning in to our "Night Komfort" all
    night movie marathon. 11PM in eastern Australia is 9AM
    on the US East coast this time of year. We use BeeThink
    to block known proxies from accessing the TV stream.

    The people that were using VPNs to circumvent the country
    filters not only made it harder for us to detect, but
    their employers would also not know what they were up to,
    as the traffic out of the office would be encrypted, and
    the boss would have no clue that someone was watching an
    online movie broadcast. Untill we installed BeeThink to
    block known proxies and VPNs from the TV stream, we did
    get quite a bit of VPN usage during the American workday,
    so there were people watching online movies, and the boss
    would have never known what was going on, with the
    encrypted traffic going out of the office to the VPNs
    in China or Singapore. All anyone would ever know is that
    an heavily encrypted stream coming from China or Singapore.
    They would know that an encrypted stream, at 340K, was
    being received, and that would have been it.

    One thing about BeeThink, is that I think it could catch on
    in more shops. BeeThink can do a lot of things that
    hardware firewalls cannot so. You can get updated lists of
    known proxies, including VPNs and "web proxies", that are
    harder to detect. BeeThink can even do whitelising, which
    you have talked about, which a hardware firewall cannot do.

    With BeeThink, you just change the mode to whitelist, and
    add the IP ranges you want to allow access to. That is
    something your hardware firewalls have not learned yet. It
    surprises me that more shops dont use BeeThink.




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    Leythos
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    Re: Verizon Droid Hotspot

    In article <1f196862375070bc0c1ff04ebdb7d122@dizum.com>,
    nobody@dizum.com says...
    >
    > The people that were using VPNs to circumvent the country
    > filters not only made it harder for us to detect, but
    > their employers would also not know what they were up to,
    > as the traffic out of the office would be encrypted, and
    > the boss would have no clue that someone was watching an
    > online movie broadcast.
    >


    VPN's are very easy to spot in the firewalls, and if a person is using
    one that doesn't have permission - well, you get the idea.

    You also need to consider that the source IP and destination IP are
    visible in any firewall.

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    You can't trust your best friends, your five senses, only the little
    voice inside you that most civilians don't even hear -- Listen to that.
    Trust yourself.
    spam999free@rrohio.com (remove 999 for proper email address)

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