Your XP and Vista Guide Against Hacks, Attacks, and Other Internet MayhemBook - 2009
Drawing on the latest security information on Windows XP and Windows Vista operating systems, a comprehensive manual indentifies a wide variety of potential threats confronted by home computer users, including viruses, spyware, hackers, identity theft, and more, and offers practical tips on how to respond to such hazards, how to use the operating systems' protection systems, how to keep children from being victimized, and what to do in the event of identity theft. Original. (Beginners)
Today, if you own a Windows computer you need to understand the risks and the potential damage security threats pose. The mere act of turning on an Internet-connected computer can put you, your family, and even your personal finances at risk!
This book defines all the threats an average household might face and provides strategies to turn novice and basic users into adept home security experts, making you safer and more secure from cyber criminals.
We start off with plain English definitions for security mumbo jumbo, and then we dig in with step-by-step instructions to help you cut your exposure in less than 10 minutes! Finally, we provide steps for more involved security measures that you can do in a weekend.
We also take an in-depth look at the security measures Microsoft put in Windows Vista. We also look at how Vista responds to the key threats. It teaches you how to tweak the system and make Microsoft’s new security features–like the User Access Control–less annoying and helps you adjust the system to be usable. It shows you how to set up Vista to protect your system from your kids–the biggest security hazard to your computer.
• More than 5 million spam emails flood the Internet daily–many with your name on them–we show you how to make yourself invisible to detestable spammers!
• Did you know that hackers are snooping around your IP address right now, while you read this? They might already have breached what security you have and could be running amok with your personal data. Stop them dead in their tracks with a few simple steps!
• Identity theft is the most popular form of consumer fraud today, and last year thieves stole more than $100 million from people just like you. Put a stop to the madness with the steps provided in this book!
• Spyware–nasty little programs that you might not even know you have installed on your PC–could be causing your PC to crash. We show you how to root it out of your system and prevent further infection.
Andy Walker is one of North America’s top technology journalists and is the author of Que’s Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Security, Spam, Spyware & Viruses and Microsoft Windows Vista Help Desk. Since 1995, he has written about personal computer technology for dozens of newspapers, magazines, and websites. Today, his columns (and hundreds more technology how-to articles) are published at Cyberwalker.com where more than 5 million unique
visitors read the advice annually. Andy co-hosted the internationally syndicated TV show Call for Help with Leo Laporte. Alongside his ongoing TV guest appearances, he also hosts the popular tech video podcast Lab Rats at LabRats.tv.
This guide to security measures for Microsoft Windows XP and Vista is designed to protect PCs from hacking attempts and viral attacks from Internet sources. Walker, a noted technology journalist, offers practical tips on how to make your IP address invisible to spammers and hackers, how to prevent identity fraud while shopping online and how to detect spyware installations. The easy-to-follow instructions have been designed for both experience and novice users, and use a variety of screenshots to illustrate basic security methods. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Identifies a wide variety of potential threats confronted by home computer users, including viruses, spyware, hackers, and identity theft, and offers practical tips on how to respond to such hazards.