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Deep layer packet inspection is just shy of the ISP using a packet sniffer on ANY internet traffic you pass thru them. We use it here at work and I can track down just about anyone doing anything. A packet sniffer grabs everything going across the actual copper wire and stores it for you to look at, but is only good for short periods of time because of the amount of data it stores. Deep layer packet inspection looks at everything you are doing and gives a brief overview. It can see encryption, peer-to-peer (specifically which one), IM, what websites you are surfing, what types of images you are viewing, everything, etc.

 

However, this isn't big brother watching what you are doing on the internet, this is your ISP.

 

Also with this, they can modify virtually any aspect of the traffic and send it back to you. For example, say they don't want you to see ads of competitors, no problem a quick little script will redirect those ads to ads of their choosing.

 

Charter is like the Fox news of ISPs. Just when you think they wouldn't go any further... they do.

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This is only going to encourage people to encrypt their transfers.

I wish it were that simple.

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Feanore is right, not nearly that simple.

 

This is a bit lower level then encryption. Encryption may help to hide the actual contents of the data but thats about it. With this tool (and the continued down fall of net neutrality), if the ISP sees you ATTEMPTING to connect to a host using HTTPS or any likewise encryption tool they don't want you too, they can block that traffic specifically to the point you would think the host doesn't exist. Thus no one to send the transfer too, encrypted or not.

 

There are many tools Data Centers use that are Deep Layer Packet inspection but are typically meant for in-house networking control and security, not user monitoring.

 

Charter users beware. They are reading much more than your email and its not even regulated by the government or any type of oversight body.

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It would be safer to just send them directly to me. That way you know only ONE nerd will be looking.

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It would be safer to just send them directly to me. That way you know only ONE nerd will be looking.

 

Gryph. Full of win since....forever?

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Charter is like the Fox news of ISPs. Just when you think they wouldn't go any further... they do.

 

I think I looked Satan square in the eye night before last. Karl Rove was on Hannity and Colmes... I'm a very strong conservative and it was more than I could watch. I think if Ann Coulter would have showed up, I would have been driven to kill.

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Gryph. Full of win since....forever?

 

You know sauce, I think someone needs to make a "missed connections" thread on Craigslist for you and me. I don't think we played more than 5 minutes of WoW together but you and me... we could be good friends.

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oh gryph very much lulz

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For me and Lemon? Or me and Sauce? Or me and Erlin?

 

GRYPH LOVES EVERYONE

 

EVERYONE LOVES GRYPH

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