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Chapter 29. Protecting Your PC from Viru... > Defending Against Computer Attacks

Defending Against Computer Attacks

Connecting to the Internet is a two-way street—not only can your PC access other computers online, but other computers can also access your PC. Which means that, unless you take proper precautions, malicious hackers can read your private data, damage your system hardware and software, and even use your system (via remote control) to cause damage to other computers.

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The risk of outside attack is even more pronounced if you have an always-on Internet connection, such as that offered with DSL and cable modems.



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