Turn off the Internet by releasing the IP address

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The question of whether to turn off a PC or leave it on has taken on a new dimension these days due to broadband Internet connections. It really comes down to two issues: (1) Power consumption vs. wear and tear on PC and (2) Access/Internet (Security).

In my opinion, you should leave your power on, but when you aren't using your computer you should "turn off" the Internet. This can be accomplished by installing

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this GUI tool from Microsoft (use only for post 98, ME versions of Windows; I have a batch file for Win98, ME). When not using the PC, simply turn off the Internet by killing (releasing) the IP address!

Eventually, someone may write a program that refreshes the IP addresses as part of the Adware, Spyware or Virus. However, I am waiting for the day someone (maybe Microsoft, maybe you?) writes a service that checks to make sure there is not an IP address. I leave all my PCs on as much as possible, but I try to reduce my security exposure when they are not being used by releasing the IP address.

This was first published in February 2004

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