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#1 Colonel O'Neill

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 03:14 PM

I like to write on the PC, but I don't want to risk a hacker stealing one of my stories, so I keep them on a external hard drive. If I disable my internet, turn on the hard drive to do whutever, turn off the hard drive, then re-enable my internet, would that make it impossible for a hacker to access my external hard drive contents?

Moderator Edit: Moved topic to more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 03:23 PM

Simply turning the drive off and on will keep others out of your hard drive. No need to disconnect from the internet. If the drive is off, it might as well be non existant, even to your own computer! :huh:

You could also look into a firewall and other safety measures to help secure your computer....check HERE for tons of great (and free!) programs to help you protect and keep your computer safe (and clean too!) :thumbsup:
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Posted 13 February 2007 - 03:28 PM

So, a hacker could not leave a program on my PC (without my knowledge) that would record what I do offline? :thumbsup:

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 07:01 PM

If your safety meassures such as firewall antivirus and anti spyware are upto date and constantly running. No.

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 08:26 PM

A hacker can't even see that you have an external hard drive if it's unplugged. :thumbsup:

Having a firewall and antivirus along with good malware prevention/removal programs is always good practice too!
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Posted 13 February 2007 - 08:29 PM

Really, people overestimate hackers. Most "hackers" these days are script kiddies (aka "WOAH I FOND DIS AWEZOM PROG ON TEH INTERWEB AND I LIKE H4CK P3OPLE AND STUFF!"), and they wont do any harm if you have a working firewall really. A real hacker could pose some danger, but unless you made some VERY powerful people (like the CEO of symantec or something) angry, that's not going to happen.

More dangerous is malware and viruses. The threat from those are very real.

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