Have You Locked the Castle Gate?: Home and Small Business Computer Security

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Most home computer users and small businesses maintain no real, effective security on their Internet-exposed home computers or networks. Have You Locked the Castle Gate? remedies that perilous situation by guiding you through the basics of information security. The book is a friendly, easy, practical guide for every home and small business. Through real-world analogies and step-by-step procedures, Brian Shea shows how to evaluate and handle every contemporary security risk you're likely to face. Shea helps you set priorities for system security, then use the security tools built into Windows - including file and folder permissions, access limitations, personal firewalls, and more. He identifies essential safe computing practices, then walks through securing Windows servers, the Windows registry, TCP/IP connections, email services, fending off viruses, and more. Appendices include detailed Web resource lists, as well as a comprehensive security glossary. The book is a welcomed suvival kit for less-technically oriented people! For every home and small business computer user concerned about protecting their computers, communication, networks, and data.

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Is your computer safe? Could an intruder sneak in and steal your information, or plant a virus? Have you locked your castle gate?

This book outlines the fundamental concepts and techniques behind information security that every computer user needs to know.

Primarily geared toward home and small business Windows users, Have You Locked the Castle Gate? is a basic yet highly effective guide to protecting your personal files, fending off viruses and hackers, and purchasing goods and services securely online. It addresses common security issues in a clear, easy-to-understand way that nontechnical users will greatly appreciate.

You will learn about

  • Basic security concepts and practices for your computer, network, and server.
  • Authentication and encryption fundamentals. Are users who they say they are?
  • Defending against hackers, and the reasons why someone would want to hack you.
  • Viruses, worms, hoaxes, spam, and other nuisances and threats.
  • The best places to go for additional expert information about Internet security.
  • And much more.
  • Woven throughout the text is the instructive story of the Smiths, a nineteenth-century frontier family working hard to protect their home and property from various kinds of intruders. In many ways the issues that they face reflect our contemporary need to protect our computers, networks, data—and selves—on the modern frontier of the Internet.

    If you pay bills online, discuss personal matters via e-mail, use software to file your taxes, or just surf the Web, don't leave your castle gate unlocked. Have You Locked the Castle Gate? is a must read for you.



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    Brian Shea is currently the team lead for a Windows security team at one of the nation's largest financial institutions. His duties include securing the bank's Windows systems and helping home users who dial in to secure their own systems. During his ten years in the computer security field, he has written everything from security programs to white papers for management and nontechnical staff. Brian lives near Seattle with his wife and daughter. When not working, he can often be found enjoying the great outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.



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