Securing home computers (Was: Re: [Dshield] Re: [Full-Disclosure] Port Blocking)

Ed Truitt ed.truitt at
Sun Jun 29 17:55:46 GMT 2003

On Sat, 2003-06-28 at 12:13, John Hardin wrote:
> > So, why can't we require people to properly secure their computers? 
> An Internet Driver's License has been bandied about (in humor) for a
> long time. The questions are: who would enforce it? Who would set the
> standards and apply the qualifying test? How would we make it apply
> worldwide?

I am not talking about a driver's license, rather an "emissions
inspection" as regards the security of the Internet access point (and,
possibly, the end nodes behind it, if they are acting as servers).  The
test isn't on the person - it is on the machine.
Ed Truitt
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