Security Now with Steve Gibson and Leo Laporte

Jun 22nd 2006

Security Now 45

The HOSTS File

We've all got one, but what's it for and how do you use it?
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Category: Help & How To

This week Steve explains the mysterious HOSTS file - part of Windows, OS X, Linux, and many other operating systems. He talks about how malicious programs may misuse it, and how you can use it to protect yourself.

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