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Hour 4. Connecting to the Internet > Keys to Your Account: Username and Passwor...

Keys to Your Account: Username and Password

No matter how you set up your account and computer, you'll wind up with three pieces of information that are essential to getting online:

  • Local access number. The telephone number your modem dials to connect to your Internet provider.

  • Username. To prevent just anybody from using its service, your Internet provider requires each subscriber to use a unique name, called a username (or sometimes user name, user ID, or userID), to connect.

  • Password. To prevent an unauthorized user from using another's username to sneak into the system, each subscriber must also have his or her own secret password.


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