BT fails to offer hacker protection to ADSL users



Antony Savvas

Users wanting to take advantage of the arrival of Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) in the UK through BT, have yet to be...



Antony Savvas

Users wanting to take advantage of the arrival of Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) in the UK through BT, have yet to be offered any security features to protect themselves against potential hackers taking advantage of the "always on" ADSL connection.

BT's ADSL service will initially offer users Internet connection speeds eight times faster than a single ISDN line, and the unmetered access it offers lies with a permanent and instantaneous connection to the Internet. Although BT is offering the service from July, it so far has not decided which firewall products will be offered to users, or at what cost.

Because BT has confirmed all ADSL users will get their own IP address, the potential for hackers to log the details means security implications are even wider. Corporate IT departments may have to solve this problem themselves to protect employees who work from home.

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