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Platinum Edition Using® Microsoft® Windows® XP by Brian Knittel, Robert Cowart

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Network Security—Why Bother?

Ah, the Internet! Terabytes of information at my fingertips. Instant, online access to financial records, research papers, music, pictures, videos, applications, and games…almost anything I could ever imagine! Free, open, and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I just can't believe so many people let me download these things right off of their home systems.

Let me be clear about something: The previous paragraph is not an admission of guilt. I don't scan the subnets late at night, looking for open networks and downloading personal files. But others do. I know, because my own network gets hit dozens of times per week. And you might be surprised what they can find with just a little bit of work.

In fact, numerous ...

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