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Windows 8.1 For Dummies by Andy Rathbone

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Chapter 11

Safe Computing

In This Chapter

arrow Dealing with permission warnings

arrow Assessing your safety in Action Center

arrow Staying safe on the Internet

arrow Removing browser add-ons

arrow Avoiding phishing scams

arrow Setting Family Safety controls

Like driving a car, working with Windows is reasonably safe as long as you avoid bad neighborhoods, obey traffic signals, and don’t steer with your feet while looking out the sunroof.

But in the world of Windows and the Internet, there’s no easy way to recognize a bad neighborhood or find a traffic signal. Things that look fun or ­innocent — a friend’s e-mail or a program found on the Internet — may be a virus that infects your computer.

This chapter helps you recognize the bad streets in virtual neighborhoods and explains the steps you can take to protect yourself from harm and minimize any damage.

Note: The Windows Start screen, although protected against threats ...

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