Computer Security Basics

Anything that can damage your computer or the data stored on it is a computer threat. Natural events like earthquakes, floods or hurricanes can cause serious physical damage. You, or someone else using your computer, may accidentally delete files, causing the computer to stop working.

If your computer is connected to a network it is at even more risk from computer threats. For example, someone may use the network to gain unauthorised access to your computer. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to reduce these threats and avoid loss of data. likelihood of loss of data due to damage.

You don’t really want anyone reading the personal files or documents stored on your computer. Computer privacy means that your data, such as personal files and e-mail messages, cannot be seen by anyone without your permission. Computer privacy deals with the steps that you can take to restrict access to your data.

You should also be careful about giving out personal information over the Internet. This information could be be misused to gain access to your personal information, such as your e-mail and bank accounts.

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