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A firewall is a piece of software or hardware that helps screen-out hackers and viruses that try to reach your computer via the internet. Using a firewall is the most effective and important first step to help protect your computer.
To allow content through your firewall, you would create an exception to enable a particular program to send information back and forth through your firewall – another term is called unblocking. An alternative way to allow content through is to open one or more ports, which is like opening a 'tiny door'. However, this is less secure. It's generally safer to create a program exception than to open a port. If you open a port, it stays open until you close it, whether or not being used program. If you create an exception, the "door" is open only when needed for a particular communication.
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A Net Nanny is a piece of software you can download and install onto your computer to help filter inappropriate content and prevent it being viewed by children. There is a wide choice of similar software products available online. Some of the others most commonly known include: Control Kids, SpectorPro and Content Protect.
It is quite likely that your video settings are not set up correctly. The most common cause is that an application called 'QuickTime' is trying to play the video, rather than Flash. Select 'QuickTime Player' from your 'Programs' list in the 'Start' menu. Click 'Edit', then 'Preferences' and then 'QuickTime Preferences'. In the 'file types' tab, you must ensure that the 'streaming' option in unchecked'. Next, click on the 'browser' tab, followed by the 'MIME settings' and again remove the tick from the 'streaming' option. Click 'apply', then OK.