"People can break INTO your computer over WiFi. There are ways to jump into your computer over WiFi. " The only difference between breaking into your computer via WiFi versus a hardwired LAN, is that someone needs to "break in" via the cable versus via the radio
. If you are networked--at all--you can be broken into, if you are not attending to security
Even on a dial-up modem
, or a cellular modem
, you are logging into a port on a router, someplace, and that port has an IP address. As does your computer. There are folks out there who scan these pool addresses (which are known and collected) for unsecured computers
, and even five years ago it only took 15 minutes to get scanned (and hacked if you weren't secure) over any of the major ISPs dial-up lines.
So much for security
VISTA is a PITA about security and confirmations, because MS has gotten flack for the past ten yeares about HAVING security features--but setting the defaults to DISABLE them. So now, the default is to lock things down and shut them out--and even XP took a lot of flack for "breaking" networking by disabling defaults. VISTA goes one further, because it enables security (by default) and it includes much better default tools. During the early coding for VISTA, MS actually shut down all development projects and scrapped some core
code, while all programmers spent nearly two months learning
what "security" had to mean for all ongoing project
Not that I love Chairman Bill--but two months of shutting everything down and putting back revenues, is a major committment. I give them credit for that, even if it was 20 years overdue.<G>
(or as I call it, SkyFi) is now down under $3000 for a commercial
self-erecting "box", which will self-erect a dish, locate itself, and lock into a satellite
typically in less than one hour. That requires a static location, i.e. not pitching or rocking or moving though. Versus $1000 for a home dish (retail, installed) and service
for either one starts arround low DSL speeds for $75/month. What they don't tell you is that your bandwidth IS throttled, so all users will get some, and they also block some common ports
(like the ones commonly used for other ISPs email) so you don't get "real" internet until you pay over $100/month.
In the aftermath of Katrina and satellite systems being maxxed out, there were supposed to be two or three new players and new satellites going up last and this year, some on higher frequencies to use smaller dishes, too.
As your signal gets beamed in a fairly tight beam (not readily intercepted) up to the satellite, and everything coming down to their earth station is encrypted, that's pretty secure. Subject, of course, to how well someone can hack past their earthstation's router, just like any other. Hughes
doesn't like to talk to the public, and the Direct--- division like to pretend what they do is really difficult stuff. It isn't, they're just good at pulling wool over eyes. Lots of RVers have more accurate info on their web sites.
Speaking of which...M'god! The prices on classA motorhomes. No wondering you're doing it yourself. Start with a school
bus chassis, or what?