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What is a Firewall? How to Choose one for Your PC

Even a novice baseball fan knows that you don't pitch a hardball in a softball game. Unfortunately, the rules of network and personal computer security aren't quite so well known. Exhibit A: Hardware vs. software firewalls. When properly configured, both security solutions shield users from

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How to Tighten Your Browser's Security

One of the most basic ways to protect your computer from potentially harmful online content or malicious software that can be installed without your knowledge or permission is easy, fast and free. How? Just make sure your browser's security settings are set at the appropriate level. But even if

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Internet Security's 10 Year Journey from the Dial-up

Over ten years ago, most internet users had to wait for their connection. Mobile devices were not common and the full potential of Wi-Fi was nowhere near its present capacity. Instead, computers were physically connected to the modem through landline telephone connections. In 2002, only 13 percent

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What Is a VPN?

A virtual private network, often called a VPN, is software that builds an "encrypted tunnel" to secure your online data across the Internet. So when you use a VPN, your data passes through this tunnel and is protected from anyone who tries to intercept it. This helps ensure that no hacker or online

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