13. Getting Connected

Going Worldwide

Hooking up to the Internet used to be a privilege afforded only to universities and corporations. Now it’s actually an essential part of owning and using any PC, and it’s available to virtually everyone.

In this chapter, you’ll find information about choosing an Internet service provider (ISP), making the connection through a modem or other link, installing and configuring your system, and making your system safe and secure. This chapter tells how to select an Internet connection technology and connect a single computer to the Internet. However, this isn’t your only option. You can take any one of several routes:

• If your computer is part of an existing local area network (LAN) with Internet access, you ...

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