*First, Discuss topic in at least 250 word paragraph.
*Second, make 1 reply of at least 100 words for each paragraph provided below. For your paragraph and replies, you should support your assertions with at least 1 source and accompanying citations in APA format. Acceptable sources include the textbook, reputable websites, and the Bible.
A customer has requested help with troubleshooting various security problems. Since the computer is for home use, the customer wants to safeguard it so that his children do not access specific information. Recently, the system had several spyware installations and the computer seems to be running very slowly. There are warnings when Windows Defender is open, as well. Explain the steps you would use to diagnose, and repair if necessary, spyware on the customer’s computer. Also, add how you would safeguard the children from uninvited material showing up on the internet.
100 word Reply to Each Paragraph!
Realistically, if a parent wants to censor media for their children, the best option is to not let them have access to a computer with access to everything, but rather something with specific child controls, like a Nintendo Switch. However, since this case specifically is regarding a parent who wants to monitor what his children see on a home computer, well will address it as such. It is very common for spyware of both malicious and non-malicious intent to slow down a computer. However, if a verified company’s spyware is significantly slowing down your computer, there may be some extraneous and solvable issues. First of all, if Windows Defender is sending out alerts to the user, it may be a good idea to analyze these alerts and take a look at a full diagnostic in order to make sure that there isn’t anything malicious hitchhiking onto legitimate software. If the parent does not know what the software they installed does exactly, you should check the legitimacy of the software. If there is an option to reinstalling the software, do that. Ultimately, there is not a whole lot you can do, as spyware is pretty detrimental to computer speed in general. I would personally recommend looking into better options for computer monitoring, and if I knew of any better ways than spyware, direct the parent to them.
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The first step I would take when a customer needs help with security problems is to make sure an antivirus software is installed on the computer. If a software is not installed on the computer or expired I would install or upgrade immediately in order to find any harmful things that may be on the computer and making the computer run slow. Next, I would check Windows to ensure all the malware is removed from the computer. “If a system is highly infected and will later hold sensitive data, a fresh start might be in order. In fact, Microsoft recommends reinstalling Windows as the safest way to deal with highly infected systems” ( Andrews, Dark, & West, 2017). After investigating and correcting the issue with the computer I would then inform the user of steps to take in order to prevent this from happening again. Next, I would focus on safeguarding the computer for the client. To safeguard a computer parental controls and software can be downloaded to block unwanted materials from popping up. I would speak with the client about what specifically he/she is looking for. After discussing the various options I would select what best fits the clients needs. I would also educate the client in the importance of monitoring closely a child on the web as many children will find a way around those parental controls if wanted. As a parent of 4 children using the computer and web is necessary for school and even a popular form of communication. It needs to be monitored closely in order to best protect the child.
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