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Old 05-04-04, 01:36 PM
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Is it safe to do online banking with cable connection?

Is it safe to do online banking or buy items on the internet using a cable connection? Or is it just better to stick to dial-up? Thanks!
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Old 05-04-04, 01:38 PM
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yes.. your connection really has nothing to do with your security.. the security is controlled by the webpage your using.. and a bank using pretty good online security.. hell, most e-vendors use very good security..
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Old 05-04-04, 02:53 PM
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Just make sure the connection is actually secure. I was helping a friend signup for a domain provider when I noticed that the signup page wasn't using any kind of SSL protocol. We decide to switch to another provider.

Side Note: Do you give your personal info over the phone? Is it a Cordless phone? In college my roomate had a scanner for NASCAR, and it picked up cordless phone conversations. One time someone was doing their banking and we could hear everything.
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Yes the cable modem is safe. For even higher protection install a software firewall like Zonealarm.

And on the side note dont buy or use a cordless phone that doesnt have security features the old single channel cordless are very easy to eavesdrop on. New phone's with SpreadSpectrum frequencies are much harder to snoop.
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actually, the cable modem and online backing is probably more secure than swiping your card at the grocery store or gas station..
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Thanks for all the replies!
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the danger with cable modems is if you don't have a firewall, especially if you haven't installed all the bugfixes for windows, that someone might take over your computer. if that's happened i wouldn't be worried about your banking info--because they've probably already got it
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They can take over your computer on any kind of connection, however, with DSL & Cable, you're ALWAYS online, so it's just easier to find computer to take over that way.

I don't see how that ties into the online banking+cable modem question.

As long as you're using SSL, anything going between your web browser and the server is encrypted and cannot (theoretically, it can - but it'll take forever) be decrypted.
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Originally posted by twikoff
actually, the cable modem and online backing is probably more secure than swiping your card at the grocery store or gas station..
Yup, yup.

I always at people that refuse to do online banking but eat at restaurants with a credit card where the waiter takes their credit card, goes to the back, does whatever he wants to do with it, then bring the card back.

Here are a few more for those people.
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