Broadband Safety

  DigitalX 23:21 28 Jan 03

Im having broadband from NTL installed next week. With Broadband being an always on connection I wanted to know if there are any steps to be taken beforehand in terms of protecting the computer? Do I need to install any kind of software?


  Falkyrn 23:27 28 Jan 03

You should be running a good anti virus program AVG is free and is very good its available from click here . My own opinion is that you should also be running a firewall ... zonealarm is also free to download click here and use although another which gets good reviews and is also free is Outpost from agnitum from click here

  User-312386 23:29 28 Jan 03

A good firewall and upto date virus protection

good virus scanner click here

good firewall
click here

both are free for personal use


  mr gee 23:30 28 Jan 03

If you have win. X P at the very least make sure that X P's own firewall is enabled or better still get a third party firewall A Google search will turn up some good Free ones --zone Alarm is an example, other than that you dont need anything else.

  PSF 23:31 28 Jan 03

The first two programs you will need are a Anti-virus and a firewall.

Do you have a network card in your pc as it is the better option to connect the cable modem to. The USB can cause conflicts with other USB products, search the site and you will see.

  jopi 18:02 03 Feb 03


you are right to worry about safety on broadband I have had it for 2 months now, and I didn't realise that hackers could get into my machine so easily until when I switched on my PC I was getting some really nasty porno images, and my home page had been replaced by a "Nasty Sex" home page, also I had 2 icons appear on my desktop. I accused my daughters boyfriend, had a big family row, then we used find to get up properties of one of the files with the desktop icon, and it had been installed when we were all out, nobody could have had access at that time and date to my PC. I phoned my provider, who told me thatI had a hacker, and advised me to go to zonealarm and download the firewall. Since I did this I get pop-ups all the time allerting that someone is trying to access my PC, last Saturday I had 80 attempts.

  Rayuk 18:06 03 Feb 03

Now you know the firewall works you can turn off the alerts I would imagine 80 pop ups in a day can be a bit offputting

  jopi 14:38 04 Feb 03


Yes you are of course right,I have been so jittery about it that I found it reassuring to have this thing protecting me, but as you say so many pop-ups are beyond a joke.


  Theonewhowatchesoveryou 15:03 04 Feb 03

you can never be to careful! I posted a thread recently asking this very thing click here, it raised some interesting comments

  SEASHANTY 15:16 04 Feb 03

You can test the safety of your firewall and defence against hacking on your PC by visiting a
developers site called SHIELDS UP at website
click here
Note that https indicates a secure server site.
This is an excellent site which guarantees that
any info gained as a result of tests will not be
retained for any other purpose.

  SEASHANTY 15:27 04 Feb 03

As a further precaution against attacks on your computer you can also install a ROUTER between your computer and modem. Routers act as a means of sharing your broadband connection with other PC's in the family. They also have the added benefit of acting as a firewall in themselves. If
you consider this then the ordinary non-wireless
routers are the cheapest. About £55 for a cable/dsl router from DABS

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