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Home Networking Simplified: An Illustrated Home Networking Handbook for the Everyday User by Neil Anderson, Jim Doherty

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Chapter 14. Protecting Your Network from Intruders

One of the characteristics of hight-speed broadband is that it is always on. Unlike dialup, your modem (unless it’s physically turned off) is always connected and communicating with the Internet service provider (ISP). Although this is pretty convenient, it also means that your computer can be contacted, and possibly taken over by someone also connected to the Internet. To prevent others from gaining access to your network, in this part of the book, we learn how to turn on several important security tools, including a firewall, antivirus software, anti-adware/spyware, and several other tools to address numerous other security vulnerabilities of your computer network.

Although we primarily discuss ...

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