Thursday, January 17, 2013

Internet In the News

In the news today are several Internet related articles. The first is a cool software service called Connectify. This is what they have to say:
"Connect to multiple Internet connections for their combined speed and reliability. With just a couple clicks, you’ll be cruising the web at warp speed. The more Internet connections you have, the faster you’ll go!"
Currently only for Windows PCs, they are developing a Mac client as well. I read about them back when they were a Kickstarter campaign. It's a great idea if you live in an area with multiple wifi hotspots available.


PC Magazine has a piece on the Google plan to offer a Wifi network in Lower Manhattan. The title does a great disservice to the discussion, Why You Shouldn't Trust Google's Free WiFi Network. This sensationalist title should be action oriented, Google's Free WiFi Network, How to Protect Your Privacy. Don't scare people away from the network. Tell people how they can protect themselves. The article does discuss a few options users can take, and these are steps that EVERYONE should take regardless of the Open network one chooses to use. 

I would even go so far as to say that user need to start using VPNs on their home internet connections due to the number of reports of digital snooping by ISPs. While not Identity Theft related, ISPs are looking at destinations and protocols used and throttling service based on this. Not exactly the Open Internet I want to have around, personally.

I have done a little bit of research on commercial VPN services. You can check it out here.

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