Cloud Safe and Secure with Silk

Here’s something new for all the IT Consultants in Boston to consider.

Security issues seem to be a top concern of new Cloud users. These issues were addressed by the company and progress is being made. Here’s a few thoughts from a Network World article that we found interesting:

Soon after its release, the browser came under criticism for the alleged risks it poses to user privacy and security. The main issues revolve around the browsing data logged by the company and its handling of SSL traffic.

In a dialog with digital rights watchdog the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Amazon tried to alleviate some of the fears associated with Silk’s split-browser architecture. For one it clarified that HTTPS requests do not use cloud acceleration and are routed directly to users.

Not everyone is convinced that switching to Cloud Computing is safe for their business. They might reconsider in light of this latest find.

The cloud-based design of Amazon’s Silk browser has positive security side effects because it encrypts all traffic between users and websites, especially important when connected over unprotected Wi-Fi networks where session hijacking attacks can occur easily, the company said.

Amazon developed Silk to increase browsing performance on its new Android-based tablet, the Kindle Fire, by leveraging the power of the company’s AWS servers to process and optimize Web content requested by users.

“The persistent SPDY [networking protocol] connection between the user’s tablet and Amazon’s servers is always encrypted,” the EFF said. “Accordingly, if you are using your tablet on an open WiFi network, other users on that network will not be able to spy on your browsing behavior.”

There are still concerns that “this type of connection can cause problems with some services. For example, many third-party applications don’t work over HTTPS on Facebook, and websites that load external resources have similar issues, because unsigned content is insecure.”

Have you taken a look at the Cloud yet? Have you made a choice to venture out there yet? Let us know we’d like to hear your stories.

If you would like to read the entire NetworkWorld article just click here

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