DNSSEC and ISPs faking DNS responses

Royce Williams royce at techsolvency.com
Sat Nov 14 16:39:35 UTC 2015

On Sat, Nov 14, 2015 at 3:34 AM, Roland Dobbins <rdobbins at arbor.net> wrote:
>> More likely this is going to be iterations of what is already being more
widely accepted. Downloadable pre-configured client software that works
with a particular VPN service.
> Again, downloading is a barrier to entry.  Don't you remember the browser
wars and the Microsoft anti-trust case?

That was before the rise of the app.  Downloading is now much more common
than during the age of the browser wars.

As of October 2014, 64% of American adults owned a smartphone [1].  Phones
don't usually come with Candy Crush, but somehow, 93 *million* people
played it daily at one point.  They many not understand that when they
installed the app, they were "downloading" it.  But the end result is the

Downloading is now a way of life -- and there are easily downloaded VPN
apps.  You don't have to know what a VPN is in order to use one.  Anecdote
!= data, but during the 2014 Olympics, Googling for "how to watch the
Olympics on the Internet" led many people I know to install one, without
asking me for advice like they usually do. :)

It sounds like we're arguing about the definition of the word "most".  Your
thesis appears to be that most people won't use a VPN -- and you're
probably right.  But what everyone else is saying is that the value of
"most" is likely to shrink rapidly.

And it may only take a secondary use case to reach critical mass.  People I
know who use WhatsApp seem to have started using it to avoid per-text
charges, not to get end-to-end encrypted messaging.  But now, even if
Facebook's estimate [2] of 450 million WhatsApp users is 90% inflated,
there are 45 million people using encrypted texting, which I would not have

Most of those users probably don't know what "encryption" is.  But they're
using it.


1. http://www.pewinternet.org/fact-sheets/mobile-technology-fact-sheet/

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