Do you know that --
- Windows secretly records all the web sites you've ever visited?
- After you delete your Outlook emails and empty the Waste Basket, someone could still read your email?
- After you delete a file and empty the Recycle Bin, the file still exists?
- Your computer might run software that spies on you?
- Your computer might be a bot , a slave computer waiting to perform tasks assigned by a remote master?
- The web sites you visit might be able to compile a complete dossier of your online activities?
- Microsoft Word and Excel documents contain secret keys that uniquely identify you? They also collect statistics telling anyone how long you spent working on them and when.
Why Security and Privacy Matter
Why should you care about making Windows secure and private? Once young "hackers" tried to breach Windows security for thrills. But today penetrating Windows computers yields big money. So professional criminals have moved in, including overseas gangs and organized crime. All intend to make money off you -- or anyone else who does not know how to secure Windows. Security threats are increasing exponentially. This guide tells you how to defend yourself against those trying to steal your passwords, personal data, and financial information. It helps you secure your Windows system from outside manipulation or even destruction. It also helps you deal with corporations and governments that breach Windows security and your privacy for their own ends. You have privacy if only you determine when, how, and to whom your personal information is communicated. Organizations try to gain advantage by eliminating your privacy. This guide helps you defend it.
Windows security and privacy concerns fall into three categories --
- How to defend your computer against outside penetration attempts
- How Windows tracks your behavior --and how to stop it
- How to protect your privacy when using the Internet