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Part: II BECOMING AWARE: PRIVACY AND THE... > BROADBAND: ALWAYS ON, ALWAYS CONNECT...

Chapter 6. BROADBAND: ALWAYS ON, ALWAYS CONNECTED, ALWAYS EXPOSED

Broadband offers the promise and convenience of blazing speed and a continuous (“always-on”) connection to millions of home computers. This connection is not unnoticed by opportunistic and malicious forces. By the very nature of your DSL (Digital Subscriber Lines) or cable Internet connection, you are at increased risk for security problems. However, you can take steps to decrease that risk. In this chapter we discuss the nature of broadband and some common vulnerabilities. In Chapter 10, “The Least You Should Do to Guard Your Privacy When Online,” we talk about tools to use to protect yourself and your computer.

Why are security problems related to privacy? Think back to Chapter 2, “What Is Privacy in a Digital World?,” where we discussed Fair Information Practices. Companies and organizations that hold your information are required to take security precautions to protect that information from uses you don't authorize. In the same way, much of your private information is on your home computer, and you need to be aware that when that machine is connected to a network, you run the risk of that information being read, stolen, or corrupted by outsiders.


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