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PCs For Dummies, 13th Edition by Dan Gookin

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Chapter 22

System Security

In This Chapter

arrow Understanding the computer nasties

arrow Visiting the Action Center

arrow Using a firewall

arrow Stopping malware

arrow Coping with the UAC warnings

arrow Adding PC privacy

arrow Keeping software up-to-date

I wish it weren’t so, but to be a good PC user today, you must accept responsibility for system security. Nasty programs prowl the ether, looking for humble, innocent electronics to infect. Worse, naive users welcome vile software into the computer, despite the system’s digital protestations. What follows is unbound woe, gnashing of teeth, and eternal despair. You can avoid that hellish state by following a few simple rules for keeping your PC safe.

Tools to Fight the Bad Guys

Computer bad guys have a host of names as rich and colorful as any comic book supervillain. Knowing ...

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