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You can protect your computer, your sensitive files and your home network from hackers and viruses by taking some basic precautions. If you access the Internet using a high speed or broadband Internet connection (such as a cable modem or DSL), you need to be especially vigilant about computer security and take additional precautions. Dial-up users should also take precautions and develop the security habits that will protect your computer files now and when you move to broadband.

Broadband Users

Learn more about the security risks while accessing the Internet through a high speed or broadband connection. This section contains tips for thwarting hackers and viruses, tools to prevent your computer from being compromised, and advice on how to take action in case of trouble.

Dial-Up Users

If you access the Internet by dialing up using a telephone modem at speeds no higher than 56kps (otherwise know as narrowband), you can learn how to take precautions to keep your computer and its contents free from viruses and other infections that could harm your computer.

 
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