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    On occasion I check what speeds my service provider of broadband is delivering. Their test circuit then downloads 'something' and then uploads 'something'. My question is 'what 'somethings' do they send/receive to and from my pc and what assurances do I have that they are not 'uploading' something from my files? Can this be checked or is it a simple matter of trust?
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    [quote name='RonH' post='784672' date='15-Jul-2009 12:31']On occasion I check what speeds my service provider of broadband is delivering. Their test circuit then downloads 'something' and then uploads 'something'. My question is 'what 'somethings' do they send/receive to and from my pc and what assurances do I have that they are not 'uploading' something from my files? Can this be checked or is it a simple matter of trust?
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    It is purely an incompressible data file (like that produced by PKZIP). If you're really worried about the content, find where it is being downloaded, and disconnect from the internet while the download is happening. Then inspect the (partial) file with a text (or hex) editor.

    I personally wouldn't even bother doing that, with a reputable testing website - the howls of abuse would be heard all over the internet if they had downloaded - and executed - anything dubious...

    As an alternative, actually ask the firm what it is that they are downloading!
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    [quote name='BATcher' post='784734' date='15-Jul-2009 16:55']It is purely an incompressible data file (like that produced by PKZIP). If you're really worried about the content, find where it is being downloaded, and disconnect from the internet while the download is happening. Then inspect the (partial) file with a text (or hex) editor.

    I personally wouldn't even bother doing that, with a reputable testing website - the howls of abuse would be heard all over the internet if they had downloaded - and executed - anything dubious...

    As an alternative, actually ask the firm what it is that they are downloading![/quote]

    Yep ... best policy is to 'trust' I think but I was curious as to what data is sent/received.
    Thanks for your input
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