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PCs for Grown-Ups: Getting the Most Out of Your Windows 8 Computer by Paul McFedries

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Chapter 14. Securing Your PC

Some folks claim that you can never be too thin or too rich. Other folks might give you an argument about one or both assertions, but I doubt anyone would take you to task if you added a third item to the list: Your PC can never be too secure. There are just too many threats out there, and too many ways that the defenses in Windows can be breached.

With that in mind, this chapter focuses on general PC security, including basic precautions that everyone should take, a review of your computer’s security settings, and more.

Thwarting Snoops and Crackers

Let’s begin with a look at protecting your PC from direct and indirect attacks. A direct attack occurs when an unauthorized cracker (which I define as a hacker who has ...

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