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Chapter 6. Wireless Security > Protecting Your Systems

Protecting Your Systems

One part of security is protecting your data in transit; the other part is protecting your systems—your computers, any Internet servers you run, your wireless gateway, and so on—from online intruders. Because wireless networks potentially expose your systems to attackers who would never have the same kind of access on a wired network—unless they broke into your house or business—you need to exercise greater care when protecting your computers on wireless networks.

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We could go into great depth here, but this topic takes us far afield from wireless networking itself. Instead, if you're interested in reading more about this topic, we recommend checking out Internet Security for Your Macintosh: A Guide for the Rest of Us by Alan Oppenheimer and Charles Whitaker. Although the book is full of how-to information for Mac users, the conceptual overviews apply to Mac, Windows, Linux, and Unix.



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