The Secret Of The Net One Big Buggy Beta

The Secret Of The Net One Big Buggy Beta

By Stu Sjouwerman, for Security Awareness Training

Most people look at me surprised when I tell them the Net is still in beta, but it’s true, Vint Cerf, the father of the Internet said so himself. He was quoted in the book Fatal System Error: “My thought at the time, thirty-five years ago, was not to build an ultra-secure system, because I could not tell if even the basic ideas would work. We never got to do the production engineering.” If you know software development jargon, that means it remained in beta… and -has- been up to now. The protocols they built at the time focused on fault tolerance, they simply were not built for security. Unfortunately, the bad guys know this full well, and are exploiting it to the limit.

What this all means is that Web security is fundamentally broken.

If the owner of a website wants to know who you are, where you live, and much much more, they can get that information easily.

With that in mind, lets look at some realities regarding websites and web browsers.

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