Originally Posted by cpttango30
no not everyone is a black hat. I ment no slight towards you other OS users.
You and I can talk SSL and that but really how many FFL's are in the know about tht kind of security. most banks don't encrypt your data set over the net from an atm machine. If the ATF wants this done then I think they need to set standards for the FFL dealers as far as security and encryption of the FFL data.
This is one thing that irritates the hell outta me about Linux users... they think anything and everything should be THAT FRIGGIN' SECURE and NOTHING ELSE WILL DO.
Let me pose these questions that are actually grounded in REALITY:
1. Do bad guys or hackers REALLY CARE about my A/D data? Do they really care who I sold a gun to, and where they live?
2. Is the ATF *REALLY* qualified to set ANY kind of "standards" for anything computer based?
Here's a couple of clues.
1. Electronic A/D programs simply store where a specific firearm was purchased, and who it was sold to.
2. Electronic 4473s are not stored. They're filled out, then PRINTED for signatures. This is where the sensitive data is stored... on HARD COPY.
3. It's harder to steal a whole computer than it is a "bound book".
4. Backups (both soft AND hard copies) are just good business sense. You can print off as many bound copies of your A/D records as you want, and it's a hell of a lot easier than Xeroxing the traditional bound book.
5. Again, NOBODY CARES about who you got your firearms from or who you sold them to... at least they don't care enough to try and hack WEP security.
Put THAT in your pipe and smoke it!