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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.