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Both Cable and DSL lines are open as long as your computer is turned on. That has certain security ramifications. DSL providers will assign you a fixed IP address; a cable company typically assigns you a "floating" IP address, each time you log on. The "floating" address probably gives you a bit of added security from hackers, but you'll want to get a personal firewall system, just to be on the safe side.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|