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Steps to protecting your computer.

It’s no secret…Windows operating system has security threats.  When the gurus wrote the operating system, the other gurus - sometimes called hackers – discovered all the weaknesses in the software and devised ways to break into it.  What can you do about it?  The next several Tech Tips will give you ideas how to lock down your computer to prevent those who would want to gain access to it and possibly steal your sensitive information.

 

STEP ONE:  Update, Update, Update.

Microsoft puts out updates and security patches to help seal the security holes and prevent hackers from breaking into your system.  So, how do you update?  It is actually pretty simple.  Open up Internet Explorer, click on the Tools menu, and click on Windows Update.  Click on the Express or Custom button (I always use the Express Button), Microsoft will scan your computer and determine which updates you need to download and install.

 

You can set your computer to automatically update Windows XP.  Open your Control Panel and click on Automatic Updates.  You will see 4 options for dealing with updates.  Choose the Automatic (recommended) one.   This one will automatically download and install updates.  This is the option you should use if you have a high speed connection like a cable modem or DSL.  If you are using dial-up then you may want to use the option “Notify me but don’t automatically download or install them.”  Or you may want to Turn off Automatic Updates and then remember to periodically check the Windows Update website for new updates.

 

What some people don’t realize is that there are updates for other software – not just Windows operating software.  You really should be updating your Microsoft Office software, and your Outlook and Outlook Express software, and your Internet Explorer software.  Most software packages have a website that allows you to update the latest security patches or the latest versions.  Go to the website of the software programs and see if there are recent updates or new versions.   

 

To read more about Security Updates, go to this website.

http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/update/bulletins/default.mspx

 

Here are some more Microsoft resources to help make your computer secure.

 

Here is a short FAQ on Microsoft Security Updates.

http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/update/bulletins/faq.mspx

 

You can get a free PC Safety Scan from Microsoft here.

http://safety.live.com/site/en-US/default.htm?s_cid=sah

 

Download and install Windows Defender from Microsoft to help you protect you computer from security threats.  It does some other neat things to, and it’s free.

http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/spyware/software/default.mspx

 

Using Microsoft Office 2003 security features

http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/privacy/officesec.mspx

 

 

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