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Chapter 23. Keeping Your Internet Connec... > How Much Security Do You Need?

How Much Security Do You Need?

There's a story I like to tell about computer security: The most secure computer I ever saw was an inoperable model lying in pieces on a technician's workbench. That joke always gets a laugh because it reveals the dilemma of computer security: How much security is too much?

The easy answer is "just enough to be safe." But defining that precisely is not so easy. As you'll see later in this chapter, you can configure the security on your browser so tightly that you literally can't browse any sites worth using. Or, you can loosen up the security so much that your computer's IP address may as well be BRK.INTO.ME.NOW.


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