Should C4P officially adopt Hamachi as policy? May 2, 2006 12:44:55 GMT -5
Post by MMV on May 2, 2006 12:44:55 GMT -5
markweston said:While it's good that Hamachi tries to block key Windows vulnerabilities, that doesn't change the fact that being connected to other players over a VPN is fundamentally different to being connected over the internet from behind NAT and a firewall. And call people paranoid as much as you like, it doesn't change the fact that worms and viruses exist and are endemic, and that millions of PCs out there are under the control of someone other than their owner. When I went to the Hamachi site I found that their entire security briefing was about how well Hamachi VPN tunnels are protected from outside attack, which is completely beside the point as far as any of us is concerned.
It is pretty likely that there'll be a small group of players within the C4P community who unknowingly have something nasty on their PC, and connecting to them this way will increase yoiur chance of catching it. It also seems likely that at some point one of those idiots who likes breaking stuff will join C4P and will find a way to exploit the trust implied in joining a VPN with other players.
None of this is intended to be personal criticism Loki.
None taken ,but you keep skiping over the part where you can use a software firewall like zonealarm on the VPN tunnel to further protect yourself along with Hamachi's built in security at that point there is little diffrence in security.
When ever you forward ports on your router to your pc your exposing yourself system to worms and other nasties and we live with multiple ports open daily just to use the gamespy lobby hamachi can utilize just one of those ports to create a very stable gaming enviroment for civ not to mention the internet is a bigger scarier place then a small vpn community.
As for anyone that tries to use Hamachi to cause harm to anothers system we can have several options
1) Report them to the Hamachi admin team and get them banned from the app.
2) Report them to their ISP for abuse which could also result in their isp disconecting them or more.
3) Ban them from the site so they cannot see the games list so they do not know the details to join a game .
4) I am sure I can think of more ,but my point is with a software firewall in the mix Hamachi is no more of a security risk then what we already do to ourselves on a daily basis to use GS.
or - just go by the vote, the numbers haven't changed in 3 days.