For this project I decided to sniff a Reddit thread that streams NBA games for free. In the past when using this service I have been fascinated by the curation of videos the people opening the stream guide you to when there are commercial breaks ( One stream would cut to Michael Jackson and other 80's music videos). I decided to also compare two browsing platforms: Chrome Incognito and Epic. The first was Chrome Incognito:
As I began working toward the video stream I was happy to see Reddit was keeping this secure. However, once I clicked on the video link that security quickly dissipated.
After leaving Reddit's platform all security went away- as I thought it might. Overall after browsing two different games and two different live streams I had 350 packets. I also look at a few of the IP addresses to see where this information was coming from, to my surprise most of it was in the United States, with the exception of 101sportz.com which IP Address led me to Karlsruhe, Germany.
Next I used Epic, a browsing platform that claims high level encryption/security. Right away I could see a difference:
All my browsing before and through Reddit seamed secure. I also had 175 packets with two video streams compared to Chrome's 350. However, there was still one area with nba-live-stream.com that showed up as not being secure:
Overall I found sniffing to be a great way to see exactly what is happening while you are browsing online. I was surprised to see facebook.com show up several times with both platforms, even though I never visited facebook once. All these live streams have pop ads and I am assuming that these ads were somehow tied into facebook and amazon which both appeared during my browsing. I was happy to see that Epic does seem to present a higher level of security than Chrome Incognito, though further investigation is needed.