Creating info society: Broadband and info security

    Date06 Sep 2005
    Posted ByBenjamin D. Thomas
    The explosion of spamming, hoaxes and cyber attacks has highlighted just how vulnerable users are to security breaches and the steps they need to take to protect themselves. While both dial-up and broadband connections can be affected by such security breaches, an always-on broadband connection is undoubtedly an easier target. This is because the always-on nature of a broadband connection means that attacks and hacking can happen around the clock, raising the stakes by comparison with a computer that is only on for short periods. Luckily, there are many tools available to make broadband connections secure and attractive to users and potential users.

    Most broadband users are residential consumers, and few have awareness of security risks. As broadband gets a reputation for enabling easier and freer access to information, it may also gain a reputation for being vulnerable to security loopholes where precautions do not exist or are not sufficiently advertised. Indeed, potential broadband users may hesitate to adopt the technology if it means an increased risk to personal or commercial data.

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