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7. Networking andGoing Wireless > 7.6. Securing Your System on a Network

Securing Your System on a Network

Security is a very real concern for any computer connected to a network or the Internet. There are three main categories of security threats:

A deliberate, targeted attack through your network connection

Ironically, this is the type of attack most people fear, even though realistically, it is the least likely to occur, at least where home and small office networks are concerned. It’s possible for a so-called hacker to obtain access to your computer, either through your Internet connection or from another computer on your local network; it’s just not terribly likely that such a hacker will bother.

An automated invasion by a virus, worm, Trojan horse, or robot

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