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Your computer is under attack! If you ever connect your computer to the Internet, it is constantly exposed to viruses, spyware, password-stealing programs, and more. The unprotected computer can be compromised within seconds after going online.
This article will discuss Windows systems. To be sure, viruses, spyware and other attacks theoretically could exist for Macintosh and Linux systems. However, experience has shown that such problems are very rare on Linux and Macintosh. Ninety-nine percent of the attacks occur on Windows systems because of its popularity and its many security holes. Luckily, a few simple precautions can keep your Windows computer safe and secure.
This article will focus on several separate, but closely related, topics:
- Anti-virus protection
- Email and spam
- Patch management (for software)
- Cable modems, routers, and firewalls
- Social engineering
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