How Safe is the Net?

    Date09 Jan 2001
    CategoryCryptography
    3241
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    The next step is the virtual private network, which is essentially an encryption code for a specific law firm or litigation group. Data is encrypted as it is being sent on the Internet's public lines to isolate it from . . . The next step is the virtual private network, which is essentially an encryption code for a specific law firm or litigation group. Data is encrypted as it is being sent on the Internet's public lines to isolate it from adjacent traffic. But this type of network is indeed "virtual" because it is still using the same public telephone lines as all other Internet users.

    This is not a separate physical network at all. Still, many litigators feel that a virtual private network affords complete security and trust the complexity and sophistication of the encryption makes them secure when using the Web for the transfer of confidential data. But, like Olivier in the Marathon Man, I ask once again: "Is it safe?" I think not.

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