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Dial up and early high speed internet both gave you a public IP address. The expectation you will have multiple internet devices is more recent behind a nat is more recent. And yes I dealt with an XP box that would get compromised before you could download the update.

Windows even included a utility to let people use it as a router on home networks to "share internet connections". https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/310563/description-...

They still give you public IPs no? I get that at least on my fiber connection. It's even permanent.

The router has 1 public IP, but your PC/iPad etc are all behind NAT.

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