Computer security, in basic terms means keeping your computer and the data that is in it safe and secure. More of our personal data is stored in or accessed from our computer, now more than ever before. Yet most people lack even the basic understanding of how to keep their computers safe and secure. By following just a few simple rules you can dramatically improve the overall security of your computer.Your computer has many windows and doors, not all of which are locked. New flaws are being found everyday, often with the fix not coming until days after. Just like you would not leave your front door unlocked, you should not leave your computer wide open either. The first two things we will discuss to help with this task are installation of a quality firewall and regularly updating There are two basic types of firewalls and both perform the same functions. One is hardware the other is software. A hardware firewall is probably included in your router if you are using one, while you may or may not have software firewall installed. To continue our house analogy, a firewall is like building a wall and gate around your home and giving the guard at the gate instructions on who to let in and out. While this does give a great deal of protection, it is not all that is required. Someone may know a way around or under your wall, or even be able to coerce the guard into letting them in. your installed software.A large percentage of infections are caused by the computer user themselves.
Author Cecil C. Sparks
I started in computers with an Electronics degree back in 1983 when Electronics meant troubleshooting to the component level. An average computer at that time cost around
$10,000. Understanding circuits and troubleshooting was the key to success. Now changing Boards are all thats needed to know. After school I went to work for a Start-Up Company as Production Manager and designed 7 surge protectors that the company patented. I also hold 33 Certifications in HP and OKI printer repair. In 2002 I went back to school for an a Associate of Computer & Networking Degree.