In This Chapter
Finding out about the different types of computer security risks and threats
Discovering how to protect against natural risks
Learning how to protect against human-created threats
Increasing security through web and mail settings
Learning best practices for staying safe on the web
Worst case scenario here: What would you lose if your computer’s hard drive stopped working right now, never to run again? Maybe it died in a flood (computers hate water), or of natural causes such as a hardware failure, or maybe a virus wiped it clean. At any rate, everything you had on it is gone and never coming back: the operating system, the applications, all your writings, your family photos, and your entire music collection.
The scary thing is, that’s not just a horror story I made up to frighten you — it happens to people all the time. People who, like you, thought it could never happen to them.
In this chapter, I clue you in ...