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Microsoft® Windows 7 In Depth by Brian Knittel, Robert Cowart

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32. Protecting Your Network from Hackers and Snoops

It’s a Cold, Cruel World

You might be considering connecting your office or home network to the Internet, or you might have done so already. Connecting will probably be a bit more work than you expect (even with, or due to, my advice), but the achievement will be gratifying. After you make just a few keystrokes, a friend in Italy will be able to log on to your network. Millions of potential customers can reach you. You’ll be one with the world.

I don’t want to spoil your day, but the cruel fact is that, besides your customers, friends, mother, and curious, benign strangers, your computer and your LAN will be exposed to pranksters, hackers, spammers, information bandits, thieves, and a variety ...

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