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Chapter 21. The Internet > Honors Internet (JO)

Honors Internet (JO)

Making the most of your Internet experience with a Macintosh poses some additional challenges and opportunities. The increasingly popular broadband networking options, both via cable modem and DSL, provide a great way to leverage a home network. But before you consider one of these high-speed, always-on connections, you need to ensure that your Macintosh, or home network of computers, is protected from unauthorized access—or worse, tampering. The Internet's vast, uncontrolled nature has its bright and dark sides. The wealth of information available to you (and your family) via the Internet grows by the day. Likewise, content that you might find objectionable also seems to grow at an almost equally rapid rate.

Sharing the Wealth

The advent of affordable, easy-to-install home and small-office (SOHO) networking technology has made it easy for two or more computers to share information and peripherals (such as printers). Although an Internet connection is not really a peripheral, much of the same logic applies to sharing one. Whether you have a dial-up or a broadband connection to the Internet, it is impractical to have multiple computers in your home connect to the Internet simultaneously. You will either need additional phone lines for each simultaneous connection or separate, expensive broadband connections to each of your computers.


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