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20 Minute Guide to PC Security

20 Minute Guide to PC Security

IT Security posted a guide covering the basics of computer security. Some of the tips I would consider common sense, but it would be a good article to pass along to an inexperienced user. The tips are broken down into the following categories:

The Basics: Spotting and Eliminating Threats
As the saying goes, before you can run, you must learn how to walk. And you can consider your first baby step into computer security installing the basic software needed to detect and eliminate threats.

Tweaking Settings and Making Usage Adjustments
Now that you have installed the most basic PC security software, there are a number of more specific weak points in your computer’s armor that need to be shored up either by making some personal behavior adjustments to compensate for the particular security weakness or by making the necessary upgrades to minimize its vulnerability.

Safely Emailing
Email was originally designed to enable academics and scientists to communicate with one another. And because it was created with the thought that only trusted individuals would send files back and forth, email’s security weaknesses were never a concern while the technology was being developed. Unfortunately, spammers and hackers came along with the popularity of email, but by then the technology was far too popular to redesign. As a result of its inherent security weaknesses, it is very important to take the necessary steps to strengthen your email security through add-on protections and by tailoring the way you use your email.

Protecting Your Password
You would never consider setting the combination of your family safe to something as simple as, “1 … 2 … 3.” But even though computer and internet passwords provide access to far more money than your home safe, many people set themselves up to get hacked when they select passwords that are far too simple or that are changed too infrequently.

Wireless Protection
With the recent surge of wireless networks and the increased number hot spots around the globe, the focus of internet attacks has once again shifted to a new weak spot in a PC’s security, wi-fi connections. Thankfully, in just a few short steps, you can keep your computer safe from wireless intruders.

Physical Protection
No matter how many steps you take to encrypt, password protect, and otherwise electronically secure your computer, none of it will mean anything if someone just physically steals your laptop. Consequently, an important part of any PC security overhaul is to take steps that minimize the risk and exposure of physical theft.

The Twenty Mintute Guide to PC Security – [IT Security]

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Last Updated on December 18, 2020

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