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Keeping Your Broadband Internet
Broadband Internet Security
Keeping Your Broadband Internet Connection Secure
~ How to Prevent “Always-On” from Meaning “Always-Vulnerable!” ~
The Internet has become an integral part of life for many of us. Recent estimates
indicate that the United States has more than 60 million broadband users. Many
are individual home users using the Internet for a variety of reasons including
accessing e-mail, shopping, banking, taking online courses, and more.
High-speed connectivity is becoming more prevalent with this increased Internet
usage. Individual home users are the most highly targeted sector for cyber
attacks, as they are generally less likely to have well-established security
measures and practices in place. As such, they are much more vulnerable to
identity theft, fraud and other cyber incidents.
Broadband – What is It?
Broadband Internet access is
an “always on” connection to
the Internet that allows a user
high speed access. Simply put,
broadband is a faster way for
you to gain access to the
Internet and the web sites or
pages that you want to see.
Think of dialup connections like
a garden hose. Only a certain
amount of water can pass
through it. Broadband is more
like a fire-hose. More
information moves through it in
a shorter time.
Put more technically, the data rate of a broadband connection has information
carrying capability in excess of 200 kilobits per second (Kbps) in both sending
and receiving at the same time.
Broadband generally comes in three varieties:
Cable - It is easily the most available and can be ordered through many cable
Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) - Available only through your telephone company,
although DSL has