Internet Architecture Board: Encrypt Everything!!

In a direct response to the reported “pervasive surveillance” that is being carried out, the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) said in a statement that protocol designers, developers, and operators should make encryption the norm. Not only should encryption be “deployed throughout the protocol stack”, given that “not a single place within the stack where all kinds of communication can be protected”, but that new protocols should be designed with confidential operation by default.

They go on to say:

Encryption should be authenticated where possible, but even protocols providing confidentiality without authentication are useful in the face of pervasive surveillance.

Their aim of the changes are to “help restore the trust users must have in the Internet”.

Whilst I think this is a good idea and should improve security, it does pose questions for network and security administrators. It will make their jobs a lot harder if everything they see across the network is encrypted. The IAB seem to recognize this and are willing to work cooperatively to provide a solution that will hopefully benefit all.

I also find it encouraging that they are trying to get those developers who don’t even necessarily deal with user information to also use encryption so that they don’t reveal anything that might point to user information. Whilst I am glad the IAB has put this out and they recognize that it will take time, I wonder if it is feasible.

Pie Baking and Pumpkin Carving

It’s actually really rare that Aidan and I have a day off together. Conflicting schedules, me working six days a week and him working two jobs and going to school means it’s really rare that we actually get a whole 24 hours just us.  This past Saturday I had taken off work to have our Fall Party and Aidan, Finch, and I got to spend the morning preparing by baking sweets and carving pumpkins.

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AppleWood Orchards

If you have never been apple picking I highly recommend it. And if you live in the Tri-State area I highly recommend AppleWood Orchard in Warwick NY.


Not only do they have miles and miles of apple trees, they also have a country store, outdoor seating complete with live band and puppet show, and a pumpkin patch.


After we filled our bag with apples, and Finch got to roll around in the dirt a bit (he loved it) we sat down to enjoy the live music and apple cider.


We also wanted to get some pumpkins while we were there, you can walk to their pumpkin patch, but they also have a tractor ride, and who can resist a free ride?


The pumpkins were great and a super good deal! Finch loved getting to pick out his pumpkin!


All and all it was a great day! Fun for the whole family, I would highly recommend it! Also don’t forget to try the apple cider donuts! We ate ours too fast to take a photo but they were absolutely delicious!