What we’re about to do in this section is downright evil. We’re going to try to explain how the Internet works, from the most basic level. And we’re going to do this in just a few pages, which is a most dastardly and nefarious thing to do. Each paragraph here is covered extensively in books that are hundreds of pages long. We’ve boiled these concepts down to the bone. Actually, past the bone. You’re looking at marrow
Why did we do this? Because it helps to have a basic idea of what’s going on in those wires. Beyond the basics, we couldn’t even begin to get into any of these concepts
without creating a book that would give you a hernia to carry. And frankly, our medical liability coverage isn’t that great. If you already fully understand TCP/IP networking, then feel free to gloss down to the “Security Considerations” and “Best
What people think: Core networking protocols are like Greek to me. I just want to download a file from the Internet.
What we think: Understanding the protocols that make networking possible empowers the average user to make better decisions about data.
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