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Summary

In this chapter we looked at advanced network configuration and utilities as well as security issues. On the advanced network side, we saw how ifconfig could be used to assign an IP address to your machine, or more interesting, bind another IP address to it, for such purposes as virtual host web serving. We also took an in-depth look at Network Utility, which provides a suite of diagnostic tools for a Mac user to test his connections.

Network security has never been as important on the Macintosh as it is with Mac OS X, which provides a wider variety of network services than any previous release. Luckily, Mac OS X includes a variety of tools that can fend off attacks before they occur—without the need for additional software.


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