What are the real, everyday security risks for the average user, and what can you do about them?
There’s often refereed a lot of hyperbole surrounding the coverage of PC security, hacking and cybercrime, not helped by over-the-top movies that paint a totally different picture to real life and real world news that tends towards sensationalising the topic. Such coverage ultimately leads to unwarranted fears and a general misunderstanding of the real threats. People can easily become too worried to even use the Internet, or at least venture away from their daily, already known websites.
However, as much as it may be misunderstood, PC security really isn’t the big bad beast it’s often built up to be. Yes, there are risks, and yes, you need to be careful, but the truth is, you’re much safer than some members of the media would have you believe, you just need to know how to conduct yourself online, and how to protect your PC. This is what we’re going to look at here, beginning with the basics.