Fw: new message

Eric Christopherson echristopherson at gmail.com
Sun Nov 22 00:14:45 CST 2015

On Sun, Nov 22, 2015, Dave Wade wrote:
> Most browsers can be hijacked via DNS or IP address stealing. Thats how
> much public access wifi works. Any attempt to access any page diverts to a
> login page.

True enough. When I first read Chuck's message I misunderstood and
thought he meant that IE opened the page even though it was configured
to open a blank page on startup; but I guess I was just assuming that
since that's *my* preference for new pages.

My ISP injects into web pages a helpful heads-up message if your account
is overdue. My work's network always prompts for a login unless you've
already logged in within some amount of time; I just reported to their
IT that this redirection doesn't work with any https: URL -- you just
get a thing saying the page can't be opened. With more pages being https
now, and major browsers being programmed to automatically try https
before http, this is a little annoying; unfortunately they told me this
was a shortcoming of the Cisco stuff they use, and they have no way of
fixing it.

> On Nov 14, 2015 12:05 AM, "Chuck Guzis" <cclist at sydex.com> wrote:
> > On 11/13/2015 09:29 AM, ben wrote:
> >
> > Windows new feature ... Auto Click
> >> Sigh.
> >>
> >
> > Oh, I don't know if that's a new feature.  I recall getting a DSL modem
> > and getting instructions to bring up Internet Explorer after the ethernet
> > cable had been connected to my computer.
> >
> > Well, I don't normally use Windows, but I have a couple of systems with XP
> > installed, so I dragged them out and plugged in the modem.  I brought up
> > IE8 without keying in a URL and viewed the display "Configuring your modem"
> > was the message along with the pretty colors of the modem sender.
> >
> > Holy cow!  It didn't even ask if I wanted to point the browser at the
> > configuration page.  Shades of COFEE.  Does anyone else think that this is
> > a great feature and not a security hole?
> >
> > --Chuck
> >
> >

        Eric Christopherson

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