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Chapter 13. Securing Your Home Network > Problems with Home Networks

Problems with Home Networks

The major problem with home networking has been difficulty with implementation. Books have been geared toward the corporate environment. The home segment, which is still developing, has not been thoroughly addressed. This could be because the home user technology is still developing and changing so rapidly that it is hard to assist home users in designing their environment. The tools that are available to you today are easier to use, but they still require some assistance.

The second major problem faced by the home network is security. When you dialed up to the Internet with a simple phone connection, you were not online for days and your IP address always changed. You had some security through obscurity. This is no longer the case. All your personal information is available for attack 24×7 with broadband connections. You have to figure out how to protect your home environment on a 24×7 basis now. Management of the operating system and the software needed to secure your network is somewhat difficult to manage and understand beyond the basic settings.


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