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Part IV: Ground Zero: Securing Your PC A... > Securing Your Home Network

Chapter 13. Securing Your Home Network

The home network, in which computers in different rooms of your house communicate and share the same network, has become a reality. Several years ago, if you asked most people about their home network, you would probably have gotten a blank stare in return. With the advancement of technology and the ease of use of technologies such as e-mail (ask almost anyone for an e-mail address these days and you will see that he has one), broadband connections, and wireless devices, you have the ability to quickly comprehend how technology can benefit your life. The learning curve is not steep for these tools that the corporate machine gives us every other day. Home networking is probably one of the more complex ideas, but it is still easy enough to implement.

If you don't have a home network, perhaps by the end of this chapter you will see the benefits and ease of installation of home networking. However, as we have mentioned throughout the book, with every new technology out there, the potential for attackers to gain access to your personal information and invade your life is real. The same holds true for your home network. What you must know to connect to the Internet securely are the tools and techniques that corporations use on a daily basis to protect their own vast networks. Although you do not have the millions of dollars that companies have to implement network security tools, you can do many free and inexpensive things to protect your own vast network.


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