said by Kyawa:
Seems pretty clear to me. If you block certain things, you won't be able to access certain things on the internet.
What may seem clear to you may not be as clear to others and it's not like I am some computing novice. I have over 2 decades in the industry. So it was just a bit of an understanding of the wording. I'm not knocking your reply, I was just stating that it wasn't as clear to me as it was to you.
said by Bill_MI:
I'm familiar with those topics and see the basic problem. I also know that everyone isn't familiar but they couldn't write a book in the space allocated to "help", either. Plus, such information would be timely with the way security issues evolve these days.
Just one topic, Java, is currently going through exploit hell and the current simplistic answer from security experts is turn it off (or uninstall it, or turn off the browser plugin, etc.) unless you KNOW you need it. Which, of course, raises other questions... what's it used for?... well, lots of things... want a list of 10,000 most popular?... lists don't grow on trees... something you rely on may need it... and on and on...
Many may argue Linksys has no business putting such settings for an average user. This may be true. Yet others demand it (the minority I'd guess).
My point is, while I blame marketing for trashing Cisco/Linksys in recent years, I'll back their being in Catch-22 for user interfaces vs capabilities.
On the other side, having those particular "filters" may be just another marketing bullet for their ads. This is very likely, IMHO.
No one wants to write a book on each topic but a lively discussion, perhaps, one at a time, may be in order.
Hope this makes sense.
yeah makes plenty of sense. I'm not knocking their interface or it's capabilities. It was just the wording that through me off. Infact one single word as they used it in the interface is what though me for a loop. When it says "To enable xxxx filtering, click the checkbox." The word "filtering" to me here is where I got a little confused. I wasn't entirely sure whether this meant you were filtering in or out. It may sound silly to some that this would confuse me, but apparently I am not alone in my confusion.
For example, "To enable Java filtering, click the checkbox." I wasn't sure if this meant checking the box meant to halt Java from passing through the router or if this was indicating that you are specifically allowing Java to pass through it. That was the only thing that confused me a little. Like I said it may be perfectly clear to others, but as you and mmainprize
indicated, the wording can be a little misleading with out understanding the story behind why those options are available. It all is clear now thanks to you guys explaining.
Sadly, so much of what I do does infact use Java, as well, with there being so many problems with Flash and Firefox and Flash and Chrome, I am noticing a lot of sites using Java applets instead.
Anyway, I would like to thank you guys for posting and clearing everything up for me. I have no issues with Linksys having these settings in the interface for the "average" user, as I like having some finite control of things like this, it was just their choice of wording that left me a little confused, but thanks to some simple explanations from you guys, I fully understand now.
Again, thanks guys!--
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