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Privacy Defended: Protecting Yourself Online by Chris Weber, William Chan, Gary Bahadur

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Other Tips for Your Home PC

Both Windows- and Linux-based operating systems come with a whole host of functions that we will not try to cover in detail in this book. Numerous books are available on every detail of the operating system. You can take a few steps in addition to those already mentioned to will help in your operating system security.

Server Software

Never run unnecessary servers on your machines. A server is a program that will allow others to access data on your machine. Examples are Web servers or FTP servers. If you run a Web site on your home computer through the functionality provided by your ISP, you allow people to interact directly with your computer. Most of these servers allow you to restrict access to certain directories. ...

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