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Chapter 20. Sharing an Internet Connecti... > Secrets of the Windows Masters: Secu...

Secrets of the Windows Masters: Security Blanket

Do you like the basic idea of sharing an Internet connection but want more control over it than ICS allows? For example, would you like to set up antivirus protection on the machine that directly accesses the Internet? Do you want to block access to certain types of sites? Would you like to restrict access by user and by time—shutting down the kids' PC at bedtime on weekdays, say?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, you should avoid Internet Connection Sharing and install proxy server software instead. Like ICS, a proxy server runs on a machine you designate, and it requires separate connections to the local network and to the Internet. But a good proxy server also adds all sorts of features, including some that can speed up Web access and give you greater security.


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