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Before You Connect a New Computer to the Internet

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This tech tip provides advice about connecting a new computer to the Internet.

Software Engineering Institute


This Tech Tip provides guidance for users connecting a new (or newly upgraded) computer to the Internet for the first time. It is intended for home users, students, small businesses, or any site with broadband (cable modem, DSL) or dial-up connectivity and limited Information Technology (IT) support. Although the information in this document may be applicable to users with formal IT support as well, organizational IT policies should be followed.