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Simple Home Security

October 8th, 2004 · No Comments

News.com has an article by Jon Oltsik of Enterprise Strategy Group:

With data speeds increasing and monthly charges now within range of most family budgets, you should expect a sharp increase in Internet usage across a range of devices from PCs and telephones to stereos and refrigerators. But that will inevitably invite more attacks from worms, viruses, Trojan horses and malicious hackers.

Here’s the problem. As more bandwidth and devices connect to the Internet, the home network starts to get complex. Suddenly, you need security software on every device in the house. You have to manage configuration changes, patch vulnerabilities, filter content and download the latest antivirus signatures all over the house. Soon, dad has taken on a new role as the family security administrator. If the old man lacks these skills or ignores routine tasks, every system is at risk.

I don’t know about you, but I barely have enough time to hang out with my kids, keep up with the bills, walk the dog and mow the lawn. I don’t want to fill my precious few moments of personal time with maintaining residential firewall rules or deleting spyware.

What’s needed is a simple home security service with two dominant features:

  • The security service must not require any security knowledge. Upon installation, the security service asks me a few simple questions (in English, mind you), and then configures itself to my needs. It is dynamic in that it continues to maintain my security, even as threats change.

  • All I have to do to preserve my security protection is pay a monthly bill. My estimate is that this service would cost between $5 and $15 per month.

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