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« on: March 10, 2005, 02:13:22 PM »

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When you are not using your computer for a couple of hours, is it better to disconnect from the internet or to stay connected?  I thought it was safer to disconnect (although I do stay connected all day), but someone said that in order for your internet security program to work, your computer should remain on, since hackers can get in even when it's turned off.  It's beyond me........!  Any opinions?

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« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2005, 02:50:53 PM »

Hello Gere,

If you are connected to the internet via cable/dsl and do not have a firewall then I would not leave it connected. I would physically remove the rj-45 from the ethernet card or modem. If you use ZoneAlarm or another type of firewall I feel you are safe.
I don't see how a hacker would get in if you do not have an open port to the internet.
What internet security program are you referring to?
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« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2005, 07:01:20 PM »

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Thanks for your reply Geekgirl.  I am using Norton Internet Security with firewall.

Appreciate your advice.

Gerre
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