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  1. 1. 5 Critical Steps to Protecting Your Computer on the InternetSpyware, viruses and worms... oh my!If you are connected to the internet, you need to make sure you get your computer set upproperly if you want to avoid problems down the road.With all the viruses, spyware and other threats on the internet today, no computer should be setup without the proper protection.And that protection needs to be in place as soon after you hook up your new machine as possible.The following five steps will make your computer a much harder target for threats. You stillwont be completely immune to problems, but 99% of the time the threat will pass you by,looking for the easy mark.1. Running a Personal FirewallA personal firewall is software that basically makes your computer invisible to hackers, wormsand other threats that can infect your computer over the internet.Setting up a firewall is the absolute first thing you should do if youre going to connect to theinternet. Without a firewall, your computer could get infected in as little as one minute afterconnecting.If you have a brand new computer running Windows XP Service Pack 2, there is a firewall builtinto Windows. It will already have been turned on when you first set up your computer.If youre running an older version of Windows, even an earlier version of Windows XP, there isno firewall automatically set up for you. In this case there are two possibilities:- Your computer came pre-loaded with a firewall such as Norton Internet Security or McAfeeInternet Security- You have no firewall installed and should download one ASAP.If you dont have any personal firewall software installed, you should do so right away. ZoneAlarm is a very good firewall program that has a version that you can download and install forfree.You can download the free version of Zone Alarm from http://www.computer-help-squad.com/zonealarm2. Turn on Windows UpdatesAgain, if youre running Windows XP Service Pack 2 this is already set up, but otherwise youshould turn on Windows Updates. Microsoft releases updates for security problems and other
  2. 2. bugs in Windows on a regular basis.These updates will keep your computer running better, and they often fix security issues thatcould compromise your information or privacy.If you are running Windows XP Service Pack 2, you can double-check that automatic updatesare turned on by clicking Start, then click Control Panel, then double-click Security Center. Thewindow that opens will tell you if automatic updates are turned on, and lets you turn them on iftheyre not.To turn on automatic updates in earlier versions of Windows XP, click on the Start menu, clickControl Panel and then double-click on System. On the "Automatic Updates" tab, click theoption to "Automatically download the updates and install them on the schedule I specify."To turn them on in Windows 2000, click on Start, click Control Panel and then double-click onAutomatic Updates. Again, click the option to "automatically download the updates and installthem on the schedule I specify."Now when Microsoft releases updates, they will be downloaded for you automatically andWindows will tell you when they are ready to be installed.3. Install & Update Antivirus SoftwareMost new computers come with antivirus software these days. You might have Norton, McAfee,PC-Cillin or another brand. No matter what program you have, you will need to update it whenyou get connected to the internet.It doesnt matter how new your computer is - there will be new viruses, and new updates for theantivirus software, since it was loaded.The exact process is different for each brand of antivirus program, but most of them will have anicon in the bottom right corner of your desktop, beside the time. The icon might be a picture of ashield (McAfee), a stethoscope (Norton) or something else.In most cases, if you point to the icon for your antivirus and click the right mouse button, a menuwill pop up with an update option. It could be simply called update or could be something likeLive Update or Download Latest Updates. If you click on the update option (with the left buttonthis time) it will install the newest updates for you.If youre not sure which icon is for your antivirus software, just point to each one for a fewseconds and a little title should pop up telling you what it is.4. Install Anti-Spyware SoftwareSpyware - and other things known as adware and malware - is becoming as big a problem asviruses. Spyware programs can cause a lot of problems with your computer, not to mention they
  3. 3. can track your personal information and you never know where its being sent.Some new computers might includes antispyware software, but most of them dont yet. There arequite a few anti-spyware programs available, some free and some not. The one I recommend isfrom Microsoft and is one of the free ones.One of the reasons I like it is because it always runs in the background and will automaticallycatch a lot of spyware before it gets on your computer.Many of the other programs dont catch it until you run a scan. Not only does this allow things toget on your computer, it also means you have to actually remember to run a scan.You can download the free Microsoft Antispyware from http://www.computer-help-squad.com/antispyware5. Set up a Free Email AccountThis last item is not as critical as the first four, but I would highly recommend you set up anemail account with one of the free services like Hotmail or Gmail.Once youre on the internet, youll find a lot of useful information that you want that requires youto provide an email address. In some cases, these people will end up sending you a bunch ofspam.If you use a free email account to sign up for anything that you dont know for sure you can trust,its not going to fill your main email with a bunch of junk.This goes for anything really, not just online information. If youre entering a contest or signingup for anything offline and you dont know where your information could end up being used, Iwould suggest using your free email address.If worse comes to worse, and your free email address gets inundated with spam, you can alwaysjust set up a new one and let the old one expire.Some of the better free email services are www.hotmail.com, www.gmail.com andwww.yahoomail.com.If youve had your computer for a while and never done any of these things, you should still takethese steps to get it set up properly. It will definitely save you a lot of time - and possibly money- as you use your system.About the AuthorJohn Lenaghan offers easy-to-understand advice at the Computer Help Squad website. Find outmore about these 5 steps - sign up for our newsletter and receive your free 5-part guide athttp://www.computer-help-squad.com/5steps
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