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Hour 12. Tying Windows into the Web > Introducing the Internet Connection Firew...

Introducing the Internet Connection Firewall

Hackers are people who utilize online connections to connect remotely to computers and to program computers remotely. Crackers generally have hacking skills, but they often use their skills in a devious, harmful way, perhaps to erase a remote computer's hard disk. Some people don't distinguish between the two groups, especially the media, but the hacking community likes the distinction. Crackers scan the Internet looking for ways to snoop into other computers. Sometimes hackers are malicious and they want to damage files. Other times, they are just curious or they find that accessing another computer through an Internet connection is challenging.

You can limit the danger of others getting access to your files while you're online by setting up a firewall. A firewall is a hardware or software device that monitors your Internet connection looking for unauthorized use. Dial-up users are prone to cracking at times, but due to the nature of always-on connections such as DSL or cable modems, if you have an always-on connection, your risk is even greater than that of dial-up users at becoming a victim of a cracker.


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