Securing your PC in easy steps

Securing your PC in easy steps


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Securing your PC in easy steps


By Mark Lee

Publication: June 25, 2007
Pages: 192
ISBN: 978-1-84078-336-0



About the book

In today’s super-connected computing world, your PC enjoys a richer diversity of applications, multimedia, and information access than ever before. At the same time, it is also the potential target of a wider range of threats. Today’s PCs need to be protected against viruses, worms, trojan horses, spyware, adware, phishers, hackers, and spammers, amongst numerous other potential threats. Furthermore, experts state that identity theft is currently the fastest growing type of crime, and an inadequately secured PC can be a lucrative target for online criminals.

Though the range of threats may sound overwhelming, there’s no need to worry. With the implementation of some security measures, the careful use of selected tools, and the distribution of knowledge to other users of your PC, you can make sure that your PC is protected today and in the future.

Securing Your PC In Easy Steps walks you through the measures you need to take. Learn how to protect against viruses, trojan horses, worms, and spyware, see how to force users of your PC to choose “strong” passwords, get hands-on experience of securing your files and folders, learn to configure the Windows Firewall, use local policies to lock-down specific areas of your PC, and see real-life examples of dealing with phishing attempts, amongst many other vital topics. Often-overlooked considerations are also examined, such as start-up security, educating other users of your PC, and deciding how to dispose of your PC in security-conscious fashion.

Finally, Securing Your PC In Easy Steps teaches you that self-sufficiency is the key to on-going PC security, advising you how to stay up to speed with security issues. By following the steps diligently, you can close the door to security threats, minimizing the risk of infection from malicious software and intrusion from unwanted parties, leaving you to get on with the most important business of all; enjoying the time you spend using your PC, without worry.

About the author

Mark Lee has over ten years IT industry experience using a wealth of technologies, and currently manages a support team for a market-leading insurance company in the UK and Europe. He writes a variety of features and reviews for the computer press, and believes that using a PC should be fun, friendly, and safe. In his spare time, Mark enjoys Asian cinema, and likes to spend time with his young daughters.



  1. Introducing PC security
  2. Physically secure your PC
  3. People and security
  4. Security at startup
  5. Security for users
  6. The virus threat
  7. Security on the Internet
  8. Email security
  9. Securing your network
  10. Using policies
  11. Securing sensitive data
  12. Securing Vista
  13. Securing applications
  14. Using resources
  15. Disposing of your PC
  16. Staying protected


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