Broadband Briefings


Published by NetAction Issue No. 11 May 31, 2000
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IN THIS ISSUE:

Broadband: Are You Exposed?
About Broadband Briefings

Broadband: Are You Exposed?

Because broadband Internet connections pose special security risks for consumers, as well as small businesses and nonprofit organizations, NetAction has published a guide that explains how to prevent unauthorized access to computers connected to the Internet over high-speed cable or digital subscriber line (DSL) service.

The guide, titled "Broadband: Are You Exposed?" was written by NetAction Advisory Board member Judi Clark, an Internet consultant for over a dozen years.

Broadband Internet service is becoming increasingly popular because the high-speed, always-on connection allows Internet users to download graphics and video content much faster than with a regular dial-up service. But it also makes home and small business computers more vulnerable to security problems. The guide provides step-by-step instructions for reducing the security risks associated with always-in Internet connections provided by broadband phone and cable service.

The complete guide is available on NetAction's web site at: http://www.netaction.org/broadband/exposed.

As Judi explains in the guide, "If you're using DSL or a cable modem your computer is at risk from intrusion by mischievous outsiders. Without your knowledge or consent your computer can be used as a mail relay for unsolicited commercial email or a distributed denial of service attack, or even as a staging area for exchanging pornographic files. And you won't even know this until the police come knocking at their door."

Consumers, nonprofit organizations and small businesses that store personal or financial information on their computers, or use their computer for banking, or other financial transactions, also risk unauthorized access to that information.

The guide includes a set of easy to implement steps called "The Five A's of Security:"

The online version is available in several formats which can be downloaded and printed for easy reference.


About Broadband Briefings

Broadband Briefings is a free electronic newsletter, published by NetAction to promote policies that encourage rapid and widespread deployment of high-speed Internet access. NetAction is a California-based non-profit organization dedicated to promoting use of the Internet for grassroots citizen action, and to educating the public, policycmakers, and the media about technology policy issues.

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