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The Net Is Your Oyster

With your Internet connection up and running and the appropriate security measures in place, you're free to take full advantage of all the Net has to offer. To do that, you need the appropriate client applications, and the clients you use will depend on the Internet services you want to access. The various services—the World Wide Web, FTP, Telnet, Usenet, and so on—are separate pieces of the overall Internet puzzle, so they require separate applications. (Some applications, though—Web browsers, mostly—are making a bid for becoming the “Swiss army knife” of the Internet by offering access to several different services in one package.)

Many service providers supply their customers with collections of Internet programs. This is an easy way to get started, because you can usually download everything you need from the ISP's site with a single command, and most of the programs will be preconfigured with the appropriate options for your ISP.


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