This course introduces the fundamentals of maintenance and security issues for Win XP and Win Vista users. Students will learn how user accounts establish security, how to create strong passwords, the best way to leave the computer, how to install/uninstall hardware and software safely, and how to keep Windows up to date. Simple instructions are provided for keeping a hard drive clean, managing files and creating backups, also what to do and not to do in the event of a system failure. You will learn how to prevent hacking attempts and viruses, and to protect your identity by using firewalls, antispyware, and antivirus software. Email security is addressed and covers how to minimize spam, as well as manage temporary Internet files and cookies. Textbook required.