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Subject:FIREWALL From:Mark Sanders <MSANDE -at- WPOSMTP -dot- METC -dot- DOE -dot- GOV> Date:Tue, 10 Jan 1995 09:20:57 -0500
Karla McMaster was onto the meaning and probably provided
a good, short definition.
I work at a federal establishment where a lot of information is
classified. The computer gurus here had fits when the
Internet was made accessible. To prevent unwarranted
snoopers from coming into our "online" information and
hacking on the classified info, they setup a "firewall." This
also prevents us from doing harm to the system as well.
For instance, if we download a file from a FTP site, the file
will go through the firewall first--checking it for viruses and so
forth before going to any designated drive. Not to mention,
the systems people are able to track every single move we
make on the net (not because of the firewall, but some
other software) <8-O.
Hope that provided some insight,
MSANDE -at- METC -dot- DOE -dot- GOV