I am presuming that the less time I am connected to the network, the less chance there is of hackers and viruses.

Question

My cable modem (Surfboard) has a standby switch. I leave my computer on all the time and put it into hibernation when I am not using it. But, I put the cable modem on standby and disconnect the communication link -- except when I am at my computer.

I am presuming that the less time I am connected to the network, the less chance there is of hackers and viruses. Is this true? I don't like to feel that my computer is connected to the world when I am not around?

Am I safer?

Answer

This question was answered on March 12, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

The answer to your question is that its true the less time your computer is connected to the internet the less vulnerable to hackers or viruses...Invest in purchasing a Firewall program or Norton Virus protection..any added protection is always helpful.

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Posted by Felix of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on March 12, 2003