Chapter 15. Security Essentials

Understanding Security Threats 498

What's New in Windows 7 500

Monitoring Your Computer's Security 502

Blocking Intruders with Windows Firewall 505

Staying Secure with Windows Update 516

Blocking Viruses and Worms with an Antivirus Program 517

Stopping Spyware with Windows Defender 522

Preventing Unsafe Actions with User Account Control 531

In the early days of personal computing, security—if it was considered at all—was a mere afterthought. But as personal computers have become more powerful, more complex, and more connected, they've also become more vulnerable. Because Microsoft Windows is so widely used, computers running any version of Windows make an especially juicy target for those who would like to steal your valuable ...

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