We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

How Can I Improve Desktop Computer Security?

By Jean Marie Asta
Updated May 16, 2024
Our promise to you
EasyTechJunkie is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At EasyTechJunkie, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Desktop computer security is the process of making sure that a computer is safe from outside threats. These threats generally occur when a computer is connected to the Internet, but can also be spread by using unsafe hardware that has become infected on another computer. Security can protect a computer system against unauthorized users who are attempting to access parts or all of a network that they are not allowed to use. Physical security systems can also protect a computer from being removed by force from a business or home.

Almost all new computers come with free security features. Standard desktop computer security includes password protection. This is applied to certain high risk areas of a computer’s hard drive that contain sensitive information, or that could ruin the computer if tampered with. Anti-malware software is also a standard form of desktop computer security that is frequently included free of charge on newer computer systems.

Malware is a form of malicious software that is created to disrupt the normal functions of a computer. It can also steal information and distribute it back to the creator of the software. This information can be as simple as information on what websites a user visits, which can be used for illegal directed advertisement. It can also be credit card information, or other personal information that a hacker can use to steal money from a user. More malware is created annually than legitimate software and it targets both large businesses and home computer users, so desktop computer security is essential for protection against this threat.

Like any piece of expensive equipment, a computer can also be targeted for physical theft. While most forms of desktop computer security do not deal directly with this problem, there is a growing market for physical computer protection equipment. Some computers have a part of their physical structure that can be locked to the rest of the workstation, making it more difficult for unauthorized removal. Personal computers and laptops with features such as these can have all their hardware locked down, making physical theft more difficult. These are more necessary in big computer labs than they are for home usage, but some users prefer them for the added security they offer.

When comparing two major computer operating systems (OS) available to the general public, Mac OS® from Apple® advertises better desktop computer security than rival Microsoft® Windows® operating system. While this is generally true, even if a user is running Mac OS® with the most up to date anti-malware software available, his or her security system may still be overrun. There is no way of ensuring that the desktop computer security of a system makes it completely secure. However a good security system can prevent against most threats and is very important for any user who wishes to use the internet.

EasyTechJunkie is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Discussion Comments
EasyTechJunkie, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

EasyTechJunkie, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.