PC Protection

Definition: The phrase PC Protection is generally used to describe the securing of an individual’s personal computing resources. Some attacks might be aimed at components of larger infrastructures (i.e. attacks against databases) but the tools, intent and methods of crackers and unauthorized users are virtually identical. PC owners must be vigilant, proactive and aware. Security concerns for individuals also include being aware of attempts at “phishing” for vital information and attempts at “social engineering”.

Its Relevance: Laptops and computing devices are frequently lost in airports. Thousands of computing devices are stolen or left behind. Individuals should be aware of security best practices and routinely use them. The losses that can occur, otherwise, could be catastrophic. A good Internet security software suite and firewall should be purchased and installed. A firewall should be deployed. Access to the computer should be tightly controlled. Sensitive information that is sent should be encrypted.

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