Facing the security risks of cable modems

Tuesday, 9 July 2002, 12:44 PM EST

Broadband connectivity has become the most sought after service for home and business computers. Getting 512 kilobit/s (kbps) or a Megabit for a small monthly fee is just too good to pass up. Many organisations are opting to install cable modem connections; according to the March 2002 issue of Cable Datacom News, more than 10 percent of the U.S. online community is connected via broadband. While the UK is behind this figure, penetration is growing here too.

According to some precise definitions, cable modems are broadband connections, while DSL should more precisely be called a "baseband" connection, since it is not shared. However, in practice broadband simply means "fast" and is applied to both types of connection. This article will focus on the risks of cable, some of which also apply to DSL.

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