Firewall definition

Subject: Firewall definition
From: "PICKETT-HARNER, Molly" <MOP1 -at- NIORDS1 -dot- EM -dot- CDC -dot- GOV>
Date: Tue, 10 Jan 1995 11:28:00 EST

From *MOSAIC* by Gareth Branwyn (Ventana Press):

[abridged]

A firewall is a server computer set up between LAN users and their gateway
to the Internet....Every computer on the Internet is... potentially
accessible to anyone on the Net. A firewall processes network input and
output and allows the computers on a LAN to pretend they're actually on the
Net when they (technically) aren't....sometimes firewalls hinder the
performance of programs.


Have fat [continually updated: husband = computer nut!] reference books at
home (Internet, World Wide Web, etc.). Will search *cloud,* etc., tonight.


Hope this helps, -Molly
mop1 -at- niords1 -dot- em -dot- cdc -dot- gov


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