Today more and more people are beginning to take advantage of the always-on feature of broadband technologies. This makes a lot of sense; however, users need to be aware of the risks associated with connecting in-home appliances to the outside world. First and foremost, they are exposing their private network to a variety of security risks. Breaches on a home network could result in any of the following:

  • Introduction of viruses

  • Loss or damage of files stored on DVD players, set-top boxes, and desktop PCs

  • Breach of personal privacy

  • Financial loss

  • Pirating and distribution of sensitive information to unauthorized recipients

Consequently, owners of home networks connecting to the Internet should always treat ...

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