5 Free Things You Can Do To Protect Your Computer

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5 Free Things You Can Do To

Protect Your Computer

1. Install Windows Defender

Microsoft Windows Defender helps protect your computer against pop-ups, slow performance,

and security threats caused by spyware and other unwanted software. I have been using it my

laptop and computers at home and it works very well.

Here is the link to the Windows Defender Homepage and from there you can download it:



2. Install a Personal Firewall

A personal firewall is software installed on an end-user's PC which controls communications to

and from the user's PC, permitting or denying communications based on a security policy. One

such personal firewall is ZoneAlarm. ZoneAlarm is designed to protect your PC from hackers.

ZoneAlarm is free for individual and not-for-profit charitable entity use (excluding governmental

entities and educational institutions).

Find out more about ZoneAlarm: http://www.zonelabs.com


3. Use Firefox Instead of Internet Explorer

Switch web browsers from Internet Explorer to Mozilla Firefox. Internet Explorer is very closely

integrated with your Windows operating system. This means that if you use Internet Explorer to

view a website that contains malicious (nasty) code there is a strong possibility of that code

"getting into" your Windows operating system and "messing" with how it works.

Mozilla Firefox works differently from Internet Explorer and so there is far less danger in viewing a

website containing malicious code. Firefox is free, works very well, and there are no problems

with having Firefox and Internet Explorer installed on the same computer.

Here is the link to the Mozilla Firefox homepage and from there you can download it to your

computer: http://www.mozilla.com/firefox/


4. Activate Windows Update

With Windows Automatic Updates, Windows routinely checks for updates that can help protect

your computer against the latest viruses and other security threats. These high-priority updates

are available through the Windows Update Web site and include security updates, critical

updates, or service packs.

When you turn on Automatic Updates, you don't have to search for updates online or worry that

critical fixes might be missing. Windows automatically downloads and installs them for you, using

a schedule that you determine. If you prefer to download and install updates yourself, you can

also set up Automatic Updates to notify you whenever any high-priority updates become


If you do not turn on Automatic Updates, I recommend that you regularly install updates from the

Windows Update Web site: http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com/


5. Update Your Anti-Virus Definitions

AntiVirus software vendors update their virus lists on a regular basis. Make sure you visit your

vendor's Web site at least once a week to download the update. Most virus software offers an

auto-update feature which will grab the updates for you; make sure this feature is enabled (if

available) in your software.



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Mandy Buchholz
Benchmark Realty, LLC - Murfreesboro, TN

Thanks I am always trying to advance into the computer world. I would much rather do anything else besides sitting at the computer.

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