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Chapter 8. Browsing the Internet > Ensuring Internet Security and Privacy

Ensuring Internet Security and Privacy

While browsing the Internet presents many advantages, there are a few dangers as well. You should safeguard your computer from any unauthorized use (by using a firewall, for instance). You may also set Internet security levels for sites, change the privacy controls, and use additional programs to prevent intrusions (which are harmful or simply annoying). This section discusses these security features.

Turning On Windows XP Firewall Systems

Many home users these days use cable Internet connections. Because these types of connections are always on, it's important that you protect your computer from outsiders. Both cable and DSL connections have more security issues than systems that use dial-up access. Why? Because they are connected 24/7 and usually have a static (unchanging) IP address. Dial-up access is connected only when you are online and uses a temporary IP address, making those connections much more difficult to crack into.


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