Can ISP access/see files on my computer?

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April 4, 2010 at 15:38:14
Specs: Windows Vista, 2GB
My friend told me that his Internet Service Provider shut off his internet and when he called they told him the reason they did it is because he downloaded stuff via the BitTorrent. What was shocking to me is that they actually told him what was downloaded on his computer. In light of that I have a question.

Can my ISP (I'm with Qwest DSL) access and/or see files on my computer via their connection? And if the answer is yes, how to protect against it?


PS. I want to point out that I'm not talking about files that I download, but the ISP accessing my HDD like if I was on a network with them.


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#1
April 4, 2010 at 16:19:43
Most of the major ISPs don't care what's on your HD & wouldn't bother to try to put a trojan on it. Most of them don't care what you download either, although they can monitor it.

Your friend must have a small ISP, run by some hillbillies. If I were him, I would change services.

How do you know when a politician is lying? His mouth is moving.


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April 4, 2010 at 16:21:34
They cannot see the contents of your hard disk, not unless you have left loads of holes for them to get through.

However, if you are running a file sharing application that's a big enough hole for a knowledgeable person to get through.

What the ISP can see is everything you downloaded and I mean everything. That's how they were able to tell your friend what was downloaded.

Stuart


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#3
October 31, 2010 at 17:12:25
is there a cache of the downloads that can be cleared or emptied?

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#4
November 1, 2010 at 20:23:49
"Can my ISP (I'm with Qwest DSL) access and/or see files on my computer via their connection? And if the answer is yes, how to protect against it?"

I dont know if they can access your files on your HD, but if you do want to protect what you do on the net, is using a VPN (Virtual Private Network), there are many VPN programs out there which will mask your traffic


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