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Network Security

There are two steps to network security: figuring out what your machine is doing and disabling those things that you'd rather it not do. Neither of these tasks is as easy as it sounds because you must check a number of places before you can be sure that your machine is secure. The end result, however, is a Mac OS X computer that you can leave online without worrying about the consequences.

This chapter focuses on security issues related to Mac OS X, but the software you install on your system may open your computer to security exploits. For example, web browsers, such as Internet Explorer, and other applications that receive data over a network may be vulnerable. Your best defense is to visit the security sections of software manufacturers web sites regularly. The Microsoft Security web site is online at www.microsoft.com/security/.



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