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I would like to know if hackers/intruders can access my
hard drive/files/information while I'm connected online
(i.e. Netscape connection through AOL server)?
What about when I'm off-line?


I know about "cookies", but I'm not referring to that....I
am talking about unauthorized access by hackers to
information on my hard drive.


If your answer is yes, how is this possible and what can
be done to prevent it? I'm thinking of using a program
called Abuse.Net......would this be effective?


Thank you for answering. :)

Tiffany
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n0thing earned 200 total points
ID: 1009905
Hi,

   It's possible to access data on your hard drive if you run
malicious Java scripts or ActiveX apps. Cookies are just a key
to validate yourself on some sites.
    You could disable Java, Javascripts, ActiveX apps under
security options on your browser & you'll be safe.

Regards,
Minh Lai
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by:TiffanyL
ID: 1009906
Hi Minh,

Thanks for your answer.....I disabled Javascript
on my Netscape browswer just to be on the safe side.

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by:jhutto
ID: 1009907
It might be possable in JAVA, but i haven't heard of a way yet.

ActiveX it's EASY! that's one reason I am NOT using InterNet Explorer. You can do ANYTHING with activeX.. No matter the setting on the software. dispite what Microsoft clams..
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by:TiffanyL
ID: 1009908
Hi jhutto,

Thank you for your answer.......I appreciate it.
I'll make sure I stay with Netscape instead of
using Internet Explorer......I didn't know they
were using ActiveX.   Thanks again.

Tiff
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by:Azazeel
ID: 1009909
Hi TiffanyL,
     
   It is possible for On-Line services to access and use data off of your hard drive(s).  Prodigy got into trouble a few years ago when the searched hard drives for software updates, AOL updates files constantly (which requires resources.  In chat-rooms, people were able to send DOS commands and make computers do checks on Floppies, hard-drvies, etc...  those same commands are now blocked out, but other services don't check for them.  

  The answers you received were about the best you could get. but there is no real way to stop a good hacker, except to stay offline, and that isn't viable in today's business.

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