Re: How insecure are cable connections, versus dialup?
Your exposure is how much time you spend connected. Cable or dial-up
makes little difference. In both cases you should have a firewall.
Disabling unneeded servers is a good idea in all cases. Debian 3.0
installs and enables all kinds of insecure services (e.g., SunRPC,
portmapper) by default.
Quoting Chip Rose <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
> I'm thinking of getting a Cox cable connection/modem, and was wondering
> how hard it is to make the static IP address secure. I don't have a lot
> of knowledge in this area. What is needed? A cable modem that I could
> lease or buy on Ebay, and a network interface card, and turn off all
> unneeded services - how easy would it be for someone to hack me, and what
> all could they generally accomplish? Is getting a cable connection a
> no-no for someone of my limited knowledge level?