IPv6, a newer version of the Internet Protocol that most of the net will convert to during the next few years due to "address exhaustion" with the current IPv4, (previously
) has a variety of advanced security features in it. Once IPv6 is fully rolled out and all the technical people are familiar with it, computers connected to the internet will be much safer from some kinds of hacking - but until then we may be in for a bumpy ride
The final tranches
of the net addresses used by most people are about to be allocated, raising the prospect of a web that isn't world wide. In the next few days
the last big blocks of the net's dwindling stock of addresses are about to be handed out. These are the days when IPv4
dies and is replaced by IPv6
. The deadline arrived a little earlier than expected (previously
September 9th, 2011. Mark it on your calendars. Experts say that this will be the day that the last bunch of IPs is given out to ISPs. "...the net's entire existing address space will be exhausted about a year after that date."
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The Future Without IPv6
"...imagine you're in the business of squatting on domain names today. It's pretty easy to see that a market is going to be opening up soon allowing you to speculate on the future value of IPv4 address allocations. What would you do? You'd be trying to eat up as much of that free pool as you can before it's all gone."
Vint Cerf, "father of the internet", joins Google!
It seems Google is going from strength to strength. Not content with buying up the world's dark fibre
, they've now wooed Vint Cerf
to work for them as "Chief Internet Evangelist" (what a great job title!)
Vint's interview is here
, and information on his major cause: the need for more IPs!