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Chapter 12. Connecting to the Internet > Setting up an Existing Internet Accoun...

Setting up an Existing Internet Account

Read this section if you have an existing dial-up or broadband Internet account that you want to set up manually or if your PC connects to the Internet through your company’s network. The setup procedure depends on whether you have a dial-up connection or a DSL, cable, network, or other high-speed connection.


  • Look in the Network Connections window for existing connections; choose Start > Control Panel > Network and Internet Connections > Network Connections (refer to Figure 12.7).

  • Type descriptive connection names when you’re prompted. The names appear as icon labels in the Network Connections window.

  • Always favor your ISP’s own instructions over the generic instructions given here.

  • To add a connections submenu to the Start menu, see “Customizing the Start Menu” in Chapter 2.

  • A firewall is a secure boundary between your computer (or network) and the Internet, protecting you against external threats such as hackers, viruses, and malicious programs. Firewalls vary in their capability to resist attack, but generally, the more robust a firewall is, the more intrusive it can be to use. Windows has built-in firewall software (Figure 12.3), but consider a third-party firewall such as ZoneAlarm for added security; it’s free at www.zonealarm.com.

    Figure 12.3. As you’ll see, you can turn on the Internet Connection Firewall (ICF) in the New Connection Wizard. Alternatively, you can right-click a connection icon in the Network Connections window; choose Properties > Advanced tab; then check the ICF box.



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