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    a program that can block the accesses to your computer.

    I wish the form proper English sentences about computing. Would you please help me with them?

    1. A firewall is a program that can quickly block unauthorized accesses to your computer?


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    Re: a program that can block the accesses to your computer.

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    I wish the to form proper English sentences about computing. Would you please help me with them this one?

    1. A firewall is a program that can quickly block unauthorized accesses access to your computer?
    See above.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: a program that can block the accesses to your computer.

    Instantly?

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    Re: a program that can block the accesses to your computer.

    I wouldn't use can. I would say:

    A firewall is a program that blocks access to your computer.
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    Re: a program that can block the accesses to your computer.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    I wouldn't use can. I would say:

    A firewall is a program that blocks access to your computer.
    That loses the important information that it's unauthorised access that's denied. It sounds as if even you can't get in!
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    Re: a program that can block the accesses to your computer.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    That loses the important information that it's unauthorised access that's denied. It sounds as if even you can't get in!
    The original sentence doesn't use unauthorized. I would understand my sentence to mean that, but it does make sense to include the word.

    I wouldn't think anybody would block access to themselves, so that didn't occur to me.

    I'm not a computer expert, but I have heard of firewalls, and I know what they do. (Apparently, they got the idea for the word from structures designed to prevent the spread of real fires.)
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    Re: a program that can block the accesses to your computer.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    The original sentence doesn't use unauthorized. I would understand my sentence to mean that, but it does make sense to include the word.
    Taken from post #1: A firewall is a program that can quickly block unauthorized accesses to your computer?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #8

    Lightbulb A program that blocks access to the computer.

    Sorry. My mistake. I still wouldn't use can. It's not a program that can do it. It's a program that does it.

    A firewall is a program that blocks unauthorized access to your computer.

    I wouldn't use any adverbs.
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    #9

    Re: A program that blocks access to the computer.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    Sorry. My mistake. I still wouldn't use can. It's not a program that can do it. It's a program that does it.
    But don't they fail sometimes? So can't they do it sometimes?
    Thank you.

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