Firewall may be excessive protection for dial-up users

    Date29 Sep 2003
    CategoryFirewalls
    5121
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    This could be because the ISP has its own firewalls in place, and, in any event, the peril is far less for telephone modem users than for folks with high-speed, or broadband, connections via cable modem, digital subscriber line and such. . . . This could be because the ISP has its own firewalls in place, and, in any event, the peril is far less for telephone modem users than for folks with high-speed, or broadband, connections via cable modem, digital subscriber line and such. Broadband links are particularly vulnerable to attack because they are always connected, thereby greatly increasing their availability for hack attacks.

    On the other hand, dial-up connections last only for a few minutes or hours, and every time you dial up, you are issued a different Internet protocol address, which is the point aimed at by hackers.

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