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These cables should be CHAPTER 3 FIREWALLS EXPLAINED 45 supplied with your modem and hardware firewall. 2. Unless you are familiar with computer hardware, you will probably want to see if your ISP will hook all this up for you. 2 A typical per- Cable or DSL connection Cable or DSL modem Hardware firewall Ethernet NIC sonal hardware firewall set up. Cable or Phone Line RJ-45 Cable RJ-45 Cable If you have a hardware firewall that provides more than one port, you can connect other computers to it and build a small home network.

DC IN—Connects the modem’s power adapter. ■ RF—Connects to the coaxial cable connection supplied by your local cable company. Note Support for Universal Serial Bus (USB) technology is being added to many newer cable and DSL modems. USB provides the option of replacing a traditional network connection with a simple plug-and-play external USB connection. Setting Up Your Cable or DSL Connection There are several steps involved in getting your cable or DSL connection up and running. These include: ■ Performing pre-installation tasks ■ Installing a network interface card (NIC) ■ Installing the NIC’s software driver ■ Connecting your modem to your computer, its high-speed Internet access connection, and power supply ■ Running the installation wizard that came with your modem ■ Giving your ISP your modem’s MAC address and the MAC address of your computer’s NIC Note MAC addresses are unique numbers assigned to network devices that identify the devices on a network.

However, there is absolutely nothing built into most Microsoft operating systems that allow them to defend against a hacker’s brute force password attack. A brute force password attack is an attack on your computer by a software program that attempts to gain further access to computer resources by locating user accounts and guessing their passwords using a list of commonly used passwords. Microsoft Windows NT, 2000 and XP can be configured to disable accounts when to many unsuccessful attempts are made against them.

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