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Chapter 22. Locking Down Your Computer > Preparing for the Worst

Preparing for the Worst

We all have elders who recall the days when one could leave one's front door unlocked and the keys in the car. Back then a movie cost a nickel and…well, that was a long time ago. It's a rough world out there now, and thanks to the Internet, there's a direct pathway for thieves, hoodlums, and miscreants of all stripes to reach right up to or into your computer. And if that's not bad enough, in a business setting you have to be further concerned that visitors, intruders, or even your own employees might get hold of information they're not entitled to.

There's nothing you can do that will absolutely, positively guarantee that your data will be safe and secure in all possible circumstances; people make mistakes, accidents happen, and besides, there are still plenty of security bugs still hiding in Windows, and way too much enthusiasm and energy on the part of hackers to find them. But, there are some steps you can take to help minimize the risks, the three most important of which are listed here:


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