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mechanic123
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Security

There should be a defined group on the forum for security issues. At the moment security questions are all over the place, and there is no recognized expertise on the forums.

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Re: Security

@mechanic123 - That's a good idea so are you putting yourself forward for this, as an expert I mean?

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Re: Security

@mechanic123

Why?

Security about whatever could just as easily go in the forum about whatever. I can't imagine there are going to be many instances where people are actually going to need to read a security advisory and take some steps described in it themselves to fix a security issue. Anything serious would have to be fixed automatically / remotely (such as a router firmware update), or for other issues (like account or personal data related), then I expect Plusnet would have to contact the affected customers directly.

mechanic123
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Why? Because people might find it useful to be able to ask questions about security issues in one place  where after a while local expertese might be available. At present, questions  about Plusnet routers, email privacy and Huawei equipment in use by PN might turn up on different groups. Where do people go for the latest advice on password changing? (Don't do it as a regular task). Simple - setup a Security sub forum somewhere in the list. At Talktalk it took a major breach and a personal letter from Dido to literally millions of customers to raise general awareness that security was not high enough on the management agenda. Plusnet shouldn't wait for that horse to bolt before shutting the stable door, so to speak.

Moderator's note by Dick (Strat): Full quote of preceding post removed as per Forum rules.

mechanic123
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Re: Security

I see Huawei is in the news again today, and not in a good way. PN supplies routers from this company without worry - why? Security is an ever increasing issue but my suggestion to make it more visible as a topic for discussion doesn't seem to have been discussed by the powers that be here - I wonder why?

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Re: Security

Which Plusnet routers are from Huawei?

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mechanic123
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Take a look at the label on the bottom of the router - mine says 'made in China'. Now who is the major Chinese supplier of internet hardware to the UK? That's right, Huawei. I aslo see that BT are trying (quiety) to replace Huawei hardware in other parts of the UK network. Huawei have links to the Chinese PLA. There are good reasons for the US to ban them as telecomm equipment suppliers, and we should perhaps follow suit.

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OK - made in China, as are probably 80% of the routers in use in the UK (and USA), but not necessarily by Huawei - unless you can prove otherwise?

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Re: Security

I thought the BT Home Hub 5A, on which the Plusnet Hub One is based, was designed by Sagemcom. Manufactured by Askey according to wikidevi.com.