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Guest Message by DevFuse


Home Network Security

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Posted 24 May 2010 - 09:10 PM

I am slowly reading the different forums, trying to better understand what I will get when with D*. What I have not seen or found is any discussion or mention of home network security or potential privacy issues (if any) associated with connecting each receiver to your home network.

What protection is there that some hacker can't download new firmware over the internet to every D* receiver in order to hack into the home network computers?

Is there some D* feature that uploads a listing of D* DVR recordings? While a top 10 list of the television programs most often recorded by users seems cool, the potential ability to collect this information bothers me.

What information, if any is being collected or can be collected and uploaded back to the D* home office?

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#2 OFFLINE   BattleZone


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Posted 24 May 2010 - 09:30 PM

It isn't possible to upload firmware via Ethernet; firmware only comes over the satellite connection.

DirecTV has always collected (anonymous) viewer information from connected receivers, and have disclosed this many times. You can even go online to your DirecTV.com account and Opt Out of this data collection.

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Posted 24 May 2010 - 11:22 PM

Also, on a security related note.. the MRV video streams across the home network are also encrypted, and cannot be decoded by Non-DIRECTV hardware.
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