Security patches by modem? Forget it!

Thursday, 25 March 2004, 6:33 PM EST

I recently had two eye-opening experiences that made me aware of something that, to my shame, I had forgotten. In the first case, I was helping a friend perform a clean install of Windows 2000 on a used computer that he had bought. We installed Windows 2000 just fine. We then installed all the other software that you have to install along with Windows: anti-virus software, firewall, anti-spyware software, the whole works. We then started to update all of that extra software, and that's where the troubles began.

You see, my friend still uses a dial-up modem to access the Internet.

By Scott Granneman at SecurityFocus.

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