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Windows® 8.1 IN DEPTH by Paul McFedries, Brian Knittel

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33. 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 may be a bit more work than you expect (even with, or due to, our advice), but the achievement will be gratifying. And after you make just a few keystrokes, you’ll be able to connect to your home computer from Italy. Millions of potential customers can reach you. You’ll be one with the world.

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

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