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My Windows® 8.1 by Katherine Murray

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6. Securing Your Computer

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This chapter shows you how to keep your PC safe by focusing on the following tasks:

Customizing your login

Working with the Action Center

Using Windows Defender

Turning on your Windows Firewall

Working with user accounts

Maintaining your privacy

As a natural part of software evolution, Windows should be getting safer and more secure with each new release. Chris Hallum, senior product manager at Microsoft, says this is so, adding that “Windows 7 is 6 times more likely to get infected than Windows 8, and Windows XP is 21 times more likely to be exploited.” (See www.techradar.com/us/news/software/operating-systems/windows-8-1-security-what-s-been-improved-1156705 ...

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