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Re: How insecure are cable connections, versus dialup?

On Sat, Dec 07, 2002 at 08:55:52PM -0800, Paul Johnson wrote:

> Don't have any ports open that you don't need, avoid DROP (use DENY),
> leave yourself pingable.  If you don't need to be running a service,
> don't do it.

There are viable reasons to use DROP vs DENY.  Likewise, there are good
reasons not to respond to ping requests.

> Do not buy a cable modem off Ebay under any circumstances.  These
> things are brutally easy to fry with line surge off the cable line,
> especially if you're in a lightning prone area. 
> you're better off leasing a modem from them.

Agreed, I went through 3 cable-modems during the two years I had service
recently.  In each case, the modem just stopped responding.  They
plugged a new one in and everything worked fine.  Had I purchased my own
modem I would have been SOL and needed to purchase a new one.  However,
since I leased it from them (for a very small fee), they had to provide
a replacement.

Jamin W. Collins

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