Is Obsolescence Good Computer Security?: Here’s an interesting conversation over at Slashdot.
I was recently considering a switch from dial-up to something faster (either cable or DSL) but my friend recommended against it since he said I was more secure staying with Dial-Up. His argument was that my connection’s slowness and ‘not always on’ connection gave me better security since I was less of a target for many security threats.
In my experience, this is absolutely true. I had a user who was on dialup until just a few months ago. I had gone to their house a couple of times to install software, and their machine was pristine. They switched to a cable modem, and their machine got crufted up inside of two weeks.
Switching to broadband isn’t bad, but it is less secure. You just have to be ready for it — firewalls, antivirus, etc. You’re much more exposed when you’re always on.