Should Your ISP Cut You Off Of The Internet If You Have A Virus?

When you watch movies and TV shows you will see the main characters talk about how their computer has been hacked and that they can no longer access the controls.

You will see lights that start to blink and everything seems to go topsy turvy.

In real life, most hacks are not like that.

There are a few hacks that will mess up your computer in a visible way that you will notice.

But most hacks, especially in the modern day, will sit quietly on your computer and activate only when the person who created the malware, calls to it.

You won’t even know that it has been turned on.


It will sit there, day after day and send items off of your broadband connection.

That is if you are lucky.

Some of the malware that sits on your computer quietly, will send the data that you input into the computer on a daily basis.

They sit there and spy on you and then send your data to a remote computer.

They are looking for credit card numbers and other items that they can sell or use themselves.

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To combat this from happening some ISP’s have been kicking around the idea of warning their users and if they do not respond to the warning then shutting them off of the internet.

This can have good and bad repercussions.

If they were to shut you off of the internet it would not be permanent.

It would only be until you have responded to them and you have taken the necessary steps to get the infection off of your computer.

Once you have, they will let you on the internet as if nothing happened.

The bad part of this legislation is that they would have to analyze your traffic more carefully.

If you look at someone’s data packets close enough you can tell which messages they are sending.

This is how black hat hackers are able to intercept a person’s data on a wireless network.

So to stop malware from spreading you would have to expect a lot less privacy.

Another bad repercussion from this type of monitoring can be if someone uses the internet for anything vital.

There are a lot of people who work from home and do their job over the internet.

If you were to shut these people off because of a virus that they did not even know about you can cut their income off as well.

A person could lose a couple days worth of pay because they downloaded the wrong program.

This does not seem fair in the grand scheme of things.

This is a very controversial topic and something that has to be looked into more before it is enacted.

There is a lot of plusses and minuses on both sides.

In the meantime you may be wise to buy a good antivirus program so that you, hopefully, never find yourself in this position in the first place.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.


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