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12. Security > 12.1. Securing Your System

Securing Your System

You may want to be generous and share files on your PC with others, but doing so can expose your computer to various security risks. This section offers hints on striking a balance so you can share in the benefits of a networked world while keeping your PC safe.

Microsoft’s Baseline Security Adviser

Here’s a trick few people know: Microsoft’s Baseline Security Adviser, a free software download, can scan your computer for possible security holes and suggest how to fix them. Among other things, the software checks whether you have the most current security updates from Microsoft, whether you have security updates installed for the Windows Media Player, whether you have any Internet vulnerabilities, and other similar information. (For more on Windows security updates, see Sidebar 12-1.)


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