By Jerry Lee Ford Jr.
Absolutely the Beginner's advisor to non-public Firewalls is designed to supply simplified, but thorough firewall details at the so much generic own firewall software program functions to be had for the non professional firewall buyer. moreover, it bargains info and hyperlinks to websites to help you try your safety after your individual firewall is put in
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Static IP addresses are very rare for Internet connections. Typically, ISPs use dynamic IP address assignment. To make things as easy as possible on you, Windows 98, Me, NT 4, 2000, and XP automatically configure themselves for dynamic IP address assignment. 5 shows the TCP/IP properties dialog box for a Windows 2000 Professional computer that as been configured for DHCP. 5 TCP/IP configuration is performed on the TCP/IP Properties dialog box. 52 ABSOLUTE BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO PERSONAL FIREWALLS TCP/IP Ports There is one additional component involved in communications that you need to understand, the TCP/IP port.
Network Configuration Windows automatically configures itself to work on a TCP/IP based network, like the Internet, when a NIC is installed. This includes the installation of a number of software components. The specific components installed vary based on the version of Windows that you are running. Windows 98, Windows Me, and Windows 2000 Professional automatically install your NIC’s software driver, the TCP/IP protocol, and the Client for Microsoft Networks. The purpose of each of these components is outlined here.
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