Your ISPs gateway is like an electric locomotive and everything that’s connected is a car along the train. The gateway has both the modem and the router. Most retail routers for sale today shouldn’t be sold because their underlying processor architecture is outdated and leaves every device that connects to it vulnerable. This episode can get you on track with why residential security is the pits these days. After a little browser history, you’ll see why Google is the RR tycoon in our analogy and there’s a research paper out there to back it all up!

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Most likely a part one, this episode is rudely interrupted by the discovery of firewall logs that indicate an ongoing attack on the router during the show. A primer for new users who want to kill a half hour with explanations about antenna, 5G, NSA-made malware, routers and basics of how wireless networks fit together for users. MU-MIMO coverage rolls in and the episode touches on the concept of how important insulating your smart gadgets from outside networks is; more so with the eventual arrival of 5G.

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Data, money and life are all in the balance from just a few stories so profound I keep coming back to them in Part 2. The ‘data’ is VPN related and ‘money’ is nothing short of some ambitious 21st Century Wild West electronic bank heist the FBI is hankering to stop in its tracks. The ‘life’ aspect is Bitcoin’s tumble up and down. The latest down, I discover at the end of the episode, claims lives as investors are left ‘holding the bag.’ Tragic, but part of the fabric in spreading caution.

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Easy to talk about getting together and publicizing things and griping about things, but what to focus on? Privacy is a White Elephant in the best of times and the definition is a moving target; it’s also intangible and has boundaries that shift from person to person. So, how about we get physical security into the vernacular? It’s a great idea. All high speed connections globally start where Firewalls can play and lead to Information that needs some amount of securing. Let’s take all the mystery out of it.

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