We install a hardware and, sometimes, a software-based firewall. We use anti-spyware tools to protect our computer and we've set up our own computer account for each member of the family, so we can store our own web browser favourites, work documents and iTunes playlists.
What happens when we step away from our computer, simply forget to switch it off, or put it in standby mode and it comes out of standby, accidentally? Folder and file encryption tools enable you to set up an encrypted and secure folder or vault on your computer and store your files and important data. Only you know the password, so you can be assured that only you can access this data (as long as you've set up your vault so you have to login after coming out of standby).
If you want to set up your own encrypted vault, the free CryptoExpert 2006 would be a wise choice. An alternative would be TrueCrypt 4 or the more simplistic Folder Lock 5.3.9. If you need professional-level encryption, try CryptoExpert Professional 2006.
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