Viruses, spyware, hackers, data loss or theft-these are a few of the digital dangers a computer faces. Fortunately, there are some easy ways to protect hardware and your irreplaceable files. An important first step in data protection involves updating Windows with the newest security patches and ser-vice packs. You can do that by enabling the automatic update feature on Windows XP or manually downloading the patches from http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com.
Other ways to safeguard Windows XP are described in easy-to-understand language in a new book called “Geeks On Call Windows XP: 5-Minute Fixes” (Wiley, $14.95). The book also offers expert advice and step-by-step explanations of topics ranging from avoiding digital dangers to turbocharging Windows. Here are some additional tips from the book that can help you protect your data.
Backing Up Data
Protect hard drive data by backing it up on recordable or rewritable CDs/DVDs or separate hard drives. You can also use special software to create a “disc image” of your hard drive. If your hard drive ever crashes, you can simply load the disc image onto your computer, and you will be up...