• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Systems Security: Threats to computers

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

* SPAM email - Unwanted mail that can cause stress, slowdowns and can mess with your hard drive. To deal with a current situation of SPAM, you can acquire SPAM removal software, and use that to search your system and mail applications to remove all unwanted SPAM. To prevent future cases of SPAM, install SPAM filtering software, alter ports and keep your email private without sharing it to unknown sources. * Viruses - These can infect a computer and corrupt, delete and alter personal, general, and system files. To deal with a current situation of this, try running anti-virus software. If it is unable to run, try and load it from a portable device. If that doesn't work, use search engines on the internet to gain knowledge and possible solutions to the problem at hand. If the virus has stopped any possible access to the internet from your computer, then use another source to search the internet, e.g. a friend's computer, or an internet-enabled library. To prevent any future viruses from infecting your computer, acquire anti-virus software, steer clear of unknown sites and material, and also use software that blocks unwanted IP's from your network. ...read more.

Middle

another HDD, or an external hard drive. * New updates to an Operating System (such as Microsoft Windows Service Packs or similar) - A new set of updated system files could overwrite needed files and could make the computer unstable. To deal with this kind of situation, you could contact the provider of the updates and get any information from them concerning your new system problems. Also you could analyze previous experiences from users who have applied the updates before by using search engines on the internet. To prevent any future cases of this, don't install updates to your OS without checking details such as the system requirements, and analyze other users' experiences and outcomes with the updates you're thinking of installing. * New updates to Applications (such as a new version of Microsoft Office) - An application can get updated to fix bugs and errors, however this can make files that previously worked incompatible with the new version. To deal with a current situation like this, you could contact the provider of the updates and get any information from them concerning your new application problems. ...read more.

Conclusion

* Theft - The whole system can be stolen which obviously means physical access is lost. To deal with a situation like this, contact the authorities, and let them know what has happened. Also analyze the area where your computer was stationed for any evidence of the theft, and note down anything that could possibly trace back to the thief. To prevent future cases like this, you could place your computer in a higher-security location, with more safety. Also, install security measures such as cameras, and guarding for your computer. On a further note, you could install software that could lock or possibly destroy your data/components if the computer is stolen again to render the stolen property useless to the thief and to protect your data from unwanted people. * Damage to keyboard, mouse, power/network cables or monitor - These are required to use the operating system properly, if these aren't present, then access is lost. To deal with a situation like this, replace the damaged parts, or take the parts to a specialist. To prevent future cases like this, get more reliable parts, and make sure they remain in suitable locations and conditions. ?? ?? ?? ?? John Bonham Unit 15 - Systems Security 1 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Information Systems and Communication section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Information Systems and Communication essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Database Coursework on a Vehicle Rental System: Analysis

    5 star(s)

    Whilst there are ways in which computer hackers can break into systems, it requires much more from the criminal than simply bludgeoning a lock with a hammer. The digital age requires a smarter breed of criminal. The more secure data is within a system, the more money that is saved from not having data stolen.

  2. IT Security Threats to Users and Businesses.

    Where this is then a bogus site and your giving your details striaght to the criminal. Damage to or destruction of systems or information: Natural disasters Damage can be caused to systems through natural disasters and can cause things from floods to fires and power loss.

  1. Data Processing Task. Mr Peters, the man who runs this particular Samsung store ...

    Below is a brief summary of reports used. Report Name on Switchboard Report Name Description Query based on Search Customer with Address Search Customer with Address This reports all the details for a customer by entering an address. Search Customer with Address Customer Information Customer Information This lists all the details for each Customer.

  2. Information: G061 - Systems and Communication

    know and remember the key combination to run the macro - inflexible - the macro may not do precisely what the user wants - if the macro is run from a different starting point than intended then it may go wrong - to correct any errors the user must have

  1. Custom Load Trucking

    staff at CLT to check where there trucks are at all times as well as allowing them to communicate via messages so that they can update the drivers on any changes of the delivery. Their will be tutoring for the tracking system for the staff so they know what their doing.

  2. AO3 Investigate how search engines work

    This way when the crawler bot when inspecting the website will likely pick up the link to your website and add in into its data base of sites. Another way people get their website on web crawler based search engines is to include their website on the search engines URL page which is where you type in your URL.

  1. BTEC IT Organisational Systems Security - outline of potential threats to an online business.

    Access causing damage: If someone gains unauthorised access to your systems or network, the way in which they achieve this may cause damage to data or restrict system and network resources. There are several ways in which this could be achieved.

  2. Describe the future of the Internet.

    Many schools now use the gadgets above more often and they are becoming apart of the school life, they are used as they are more interactive and engaging for the student but are still educational.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work