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Chapter 17. Managing Files Using a Network > Configuring an Internet Firewall

Configuring an Internet Firewall

If you're using a broadband Internet connection (always on), it's possible that a hacker could gain entrance to your system without your knowledge, and do some extensive damage or make off with your secret recipe for beef paprikash. Fortunately, Panther comes equipped with Firewall protection. A Firewall is a gatekeeper that in essence, stands guard over your computer; keeping it safe from all attackers. If vandals try to gain entrance to your computer, the Firewall attempts to shut them out. While no Firewall provides perfect protection from all Internet attacks, you can probably sleep soundly, knowing you probably have one of the most sophisticated protection systems on the market today.

Configure an Internet Firewall

Click the Apple menu, and then click System Preferences.

Click the Sharing icon.

Click the Firewall tab.

Check the Ports that you want to enable.

Click Start.

When you're finished, click the Close button.


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