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Digital Literacy For Dummies by Faithe Wempen

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Chapter 14

Protecting Your Computer and Data from Harm

In This Chapter

arrow Finding out about the different types of computer security risks and threats

arrow Discovering how to protect against natural risks

arrow Learning how to protect against human-created threats

arrow Increasing security through web and mail settings

arrow 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 ...

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