Does someone with a dial-up connection need a firewall?

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My parents live in an area with only dial-up internet access. When I was home last, I was looking at their PC and it doesn’t have a functioning firewall. Do they even need one using dial-up?

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jimlynch
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It definitely wouldn't hurt to have one, every little bit of security helps.

Christopher Nerney
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It's been awhile since I've had dial-up (though the DSL service where I live seems about as slow as dial-up!), but a firewall is a good idea for anyone connecting a computer to the Internet. Even though dial-up users don't have a static IP address, they still can be hacked.

riffin
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While it might not be a bad idea, I’d still say it’s not vital with a dial up connection. Every time that they log on using dial up, the ISP assigns a different IP address, so it would be pretty hard for someone to gain access. Also, I’m not sure how much value an intermittent zombie spewing out data at 56kbps would be anyway. 

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