Securing a broadband connection

Securing a broadband connection

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If your xDSL or cable connection is using Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol, disconnect from the ISP at the end of each session, and reconnect only before going on-line.

If your computer stays on 24x7 and you you're using it for 8 hours a day, you'll still reduce you chance of being hacked by 2/3!

Create a shortcut on your desktop (or better -- in the taskbar) to execute the following command:
(Win9x) ipconfig /release_all
(Win2k) ipconfig /release *

To reconnect:
(Win9x) ipconfig /renew_all
(Win2k) ipconfig /renew *

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This was first published in September 2001

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