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Chapter 20. Protecting Your Computer fro... > Dealing with Internet Attacks

Dealing with Internet Attacks

Connecting to the Internet is a two-way street—your computer is connected to the global network, and the global network is connected to your computer. That means that not only can your PC access other computers on the Web, but other computers can also access your PC.

If other users can access your computer, they can also take that opportunity to read your private data, damage your system hardware and software, and even use your system (via remote control) to cause damage to other computers. This risk is even more pronounced if you have an always-on connection, like that offered with DSL, cable modems, and other broadband providers.


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