Does "disconnect" mean what it says?

  Phrixos 08:57 18 Jan 07

Given that a broadband modem is always plugged in, does that truly mean a broadband connection is, in fact, "always on", or is it actually "on" only when it is "connected" through relevant software such as a browser or email? When I close the software and "Disconnect" from the Internet" does that mean what it says?

Bottom line, when I am "disconnected", but still plugged in, am I still under threat? Specifically, when "disconnected", is it safe to disable my antivirus if I have to--or do I have physically to unplug the modem before I do this?


  ArrGee 09:13 18 Jan 07

Once you are disconnected, you are disconnected from the internet. However, your broadband line is still supplying data and is always on, but your PC is no longer picking up any data once 'disconnected'.

  Stuartli 09:20 18 Jan 07

Are you discussing a modem router or a USB modem?

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