Reformat Security Question

January 26, 2009 at 12:59:26
Specs: WinXP Pro,
When reformatting the Hard Drive is there any security risk from having the DSL modem on or for DialUp having the phone cord connected to the phoneline jack, now I wouldnt believe so and would think that it shouldnt matter regardless if they were on and or connected or not since they should be inoperative at that time, but just thought it best to at least ask?

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January 26, 2009 at 14:03:25
If you are going to reinstall Windows after reformat, it is always prudent to first disconnect telephone & modem cables from the computer - along with every external peripherals. Once you have reinstalled Windows and you have the firewall up and running, reconnect the cables and head straight to Windows update site.


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January 26, 2009 at 17:32:43
Doesn't matter during a format if these are connected. However if you're installing Windows, it matters.

"connected or not since they should be inoperative at that time," Not necessarily. The dial-up will of course only be used if you're attempting to connect to the net, but if the device drivers load for the NIC, you will have connectivity immediately if it's connected to a cable/DSL modem.

"So won’t you give this man his wings
What a shame
To have to beg you to see
We’re not all the same
What a shame" - Shinedown

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