Promoting Internet Security
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Toward a secure Internet
The Internet's rate of growth in recent years has brought with it the attention of unscrupulous and even malicious types, seeking to exploit weaknesses in its structure for their gain or even just for kicks. While legal proceedings against "denial of service" attackers is the usual tactic in these cases, Panix believes the only way to stem this tide is for all Internet sites, providers, and backbones to work together and prevent such from originating at our own systems.
More than once in our history, Panix has gone public with news of attacks against our service when other institutions, similarly attacked, either chose to maintain silence because they were embarrassed to acknowledge their vulnerability or because they failed to understand what was actually happening. By going public, we were able to enlist the help of security experts, and to make some fundamental changes in the development of the Internet.
Individual Account Security
Your Panix account (like any Internet account) exists on a public system in a worldwide network. Because of this, it's important to keep your account secure so that your email, account ID and even your "virtual identity" remain yours alone.
Look here for all kinds of info about keeping your account secure, and even enhancing that security with encryption, one-time passwords, etc.
- Password Maintenance on Panix: how to change it, how to care for it, etc.
- S/key one-time passwords: what they are and how to use them
Setting up your software for secure connections:
Panix supports a number of features that can increase the security of your Internet presence. A few examples:
- Enhanced password protection
- Single-use password authentication available using s/key
- Encrypted shell sessions available using Kerberos or ssh
- Secure email available with Kerberos authentication and/or PGP encryption
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