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Online! The Book by Wendy Taylor, Chris Pirillo, John C. Dvorak

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Security Precautions

Whether you choose dialup 56K, ISDN, cable, DSL, or even satellite Internet access, a concern for any computer user is security. Any computer that accesses the Internet does so at potential risk. Every year, news headlines report on the latest and most destructive network hacker attacks.

Maybe you think there isn't anything particularly interesting on your computer, or at least not interesting enough to a total stranger that would warrant your taking any special security precautions. Do you ever do your yearly tax return on your computer, send important work-related documents to co-workers in the office, or order merchandise over the Internet? If so, you could be at risk.

Now don't panic. Such attacks are rare, and there ...

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