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Cable Modem

By Chadburgard ·
I have heard a rumor that other subscribers might actually be able to peek into my computer when using a cable modem. Is this true or a myth, and if it is true dose anyone know where to find information about this subject? Thanks

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24/7 connection

by timwalsh In reply to Cable Modem

This all has to do with the window of opportunity for the potential hacker. If you use a broadband connection (cable/DSL), and you always leave your computer on, you are connected to the Internet 24/7. If you have no firewall (hardware or software) between your computer and the Internet, then the hackers window of opportunity to hack you computer, steal your files, steal your personal data, use your computer for whatever evil he has planned, etc. is 24/7. This is like living in a house with no locks, in the most crime-ridden area of (your choice of large cities) and wondering if you are safe. It's not a matter of IF you will be attacked, it's just a matter of When. Get a firewall (I would recommend a hardware firewall - there are numerous on the market for the home user from vendors such as Linksys). Check out the vendor's websites. You can usually find white papers about the need for a firewall.

Check out this website for some basics:

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Networking 101

by timwalsh In reply to 24/7 connection

If you are new to the Internet and networking, you might want to start elsewhere on the website I recommended. Try starting here instead:

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Stream Capture

by TheChas In reply to Cable Modem

The myth part is that ANY other subscriber can peer into your computer.

The 'reality' is that the other subscribers on your BRANCH of the cable system CAN view the content that you are sending or receiving over the cable connection.

The data stream is not open for public view like the cable TV signal.
However, it is fairly simple to capture and view another users data stream.


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Listen to TheChas and Tim...

by TomSal In reply to Stream Capture

..because they stole my thunder...LOL...but they are right.

But as far as I'm concerned, a firewall (hardware is preferred, but they make some decent software solutions these days as well) is standard equipment with ANY networking solution -- unless you are just talking a contained LAN with no external (WAN/Internet) connection at all.

Would you drive your car without your seat belt? (And for those of you that don't care about yourself --- Would you allow your KIDS to ride in a car without a seatbelt/child seat?)....well don't connect to the Internet without a firewall.

At home I have a router configured with NAT, I use restricted ports - only services I deem as trustyworthy are allowed to pass my router. Then I have my firwall aswell.

I use a cable modem.

Been safe so far. :) (Of course I know some tricks to get back at people who successfully hack me as well...muhahahaha)

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by ghstinshll In reply to Listen to TheChas and Tim ...

Hey Tom, Black Ice is no longer considered a "trick"... (-:{

Just kidding...


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by MallardtooXX In reply to Muhahah?

I like the ghost in the shell refrence in your name too =) Almost M.D. Gheist class. Just remember Black Ice is okay but never eat yellow snow =)


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by TomSal In reply to Muhahah?

Kudos J, you honestly had me laughing good with that

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by ghstinshll In reply to LMAO!!!

Sweet..... I'm glad I could get you out of that winter slump we've all been in. (-:{ It's 65 today in Iowa, whew! Green grass and mild temps are awesome here!.

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Hey Tom

by ghstinshll In reply to (-:{

It's nice to know that someone still knows what that abbreviated name means. I've been thinking about changing my SN to something more industry-related, but after having the "ghost" name for over 7 years it's going to be hard to let go. Next to ghost, I'd say that Ninja Scroll was my 2nd fav...


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Stick with Ghost!

by admin In reply to Hey Tom

Dude! That's an awesome anime and core to how a lot of technical folk think!

It's no accident that 1\3 of the tech anime on the shelves claims:" somehow something on this project had somthing to do with GITS"!

I think it's awesome and that it should be kept.

Now we just need some Armitage's and Lain's..... :)

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