VPNs: What They Do, How They Work, and Why You're Dumb for Not Using One

For as ubiquitous as connectivity has become and how reliant we've grown on it, the Internet is still a digital jungle where hackers easily steal sensitive information from the ill-equipped and where the iron-fisted tactics of totalitarian regimes bent on controlling what their subjects can access are common. So… » 3/26/13 3:40pm 3/26/13 3:40pm

The World's Biggest Fiber LAN Lives at a Nuclear Weapons Research Lab

Sandia National Laboratories is the nation's premiere nuclear weapons research facility, and for more than 60 years, its researchers have poked and prodded the interiors of atoms to suss out their secrets—a task that has produced mountains of data that the facility's copper network struggles to contain. But now, even… » 3/01/13 11:30am 3/01/13 11:30am

How the Super Bowl's Crazy In-Stadium Wi-Fi Will Be Protected From…

These days, part of watching anything on TV—sporting event or otherwise—is dicking around on your phone or tablet. For people attending the Super Bowl this year, it'll be no different; the New Orleans Superdome will have a robust Wi-Fi network. Ars Technica has looked into the details, and it takes a lot of work to… » 2/03/13 12:00pm 2/03/13 12:00pm

How You Connect an Underwater Outpost to the Rest of the World


You think resetting your router or calling the cable company when your Internet goes out is a pain in the ass? When the network sputtered at Aquarius undersea research base, Dominic Landucci had to dive down with a spool burial-grade cat-5 cable and punch it through the side of the lab without flooding the entire… » 7/18/12 11:20am 7/18/12 11:20am