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In this column, we give a quick overview of the many lines of protection you find on a typical home machine, which in turn helps us illustrate the complexity and challenges involved in securing a standard computer system. We focus on Windows here simply because it's widespread and widely attacked; many of the same techniques can be found on other platforms. As such, if you're a Unix user or a Mac lover, or even if you do all your work on a tablet, these techniques-and others that are very similar to them-can be found on your device, even if their presence isn't immediately obvious in the user interface. To be clear, we're using Windows as an example, but it isn't unique in its multifaceted protection mechanisms.