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Chapter 21. Implementing Windows Vista’s Internet Security and Privacy Featu...

Chapter 21. Implementing Windows Vista’s Internet Security and Privacy Features

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As more people, businesses, and organizations establish a presence online, the world becomes an increasingly connected place. And the more connected the world becomes, the more opportunities arise for communicating with others, doing research, sharing information, and collaborating on projects. The flip side to this new connectedness is the increased risk of connecting with a remote user whose intentions are less than honorable. The person at the other end of the connection could be a fraud artist who sets up a legitimate-looking website to steal your password or credit card number, or a cracker who breaks into your Internet account. It could be a virus programmer who sends a Trojan horse attached to an email, or a website operator who uses web browser security holes to run malicious code on your machine. While this was happening, Microsoft’s operating systems seemed to become less secure. It’s difficult to say whether overall operating system security got worse with each new release, but it’s not hard to see that a perfect security storm was brewing:


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