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Chapter 16. Guarding Your System Against... > Defining Baseline Security Standards

Defining Baseline Security Standards

Before you start playing on the Internet, take some time to follow some simple rules to protect yourself. Companies that set up an Internet presence usually take the time to secure each system that will be made available to the public. You need to do the same. Spend the initial time up front to follow a specific set of security procedures to get your system to a level of security with which you are comfortable. You will save yourself the grief of being hacked. Like the precautions you take when building a house, such as installing locks on all doors and windows, installing an alarm, and building a fence, you need the same type of baseline security measures in place before moving into cyberspace.

Operating Systems

No matter what operating systems or applications you run, you should enable security measures before getting on the Internet. Many companies have a process for securing a system according to a baseline set of security standards. If a computer does not meet these security standards or goes through the security measures, it does not access the Internet. This might be difficult for you because you have to connect to the Internet to download patches and fixes. The quicker you patch a new system, the smaller your window of exposure to an attack will be. Before you get online to get patches, install your firewall and antivirus software.


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