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					The 10 Minute Secure PC

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With all of the viruses, worms, and spyware floating around in cyberspace
it is more important than ever to be security conscious. Securing your PC
from all of those nasty programs will not only save you a lot of time, it
is also a necessity to help avoid losing important data and potential
theft of personal information.

Here are the four quick steps you can start putting to use right away,
the entire process should only take a few minutes excluding the download
time for u...


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With all of the viruses, worms, and spyware floating around in cyberspace
it is more important than ever to be security conscious. Securing your PC
from all of those nasty programs will not only save you a lot of time, it
is also a necessity to help avoid losing important data and potential
theft of personal information.

Here are the four quick steps you can start putting to use right away,
the entire process should only take a few minutes excluding the download
time for updates.

1. Use a firewall. With the release of the built in firewall with Windows
XP it is easier than ever to use employ, simply open up your network
connection properties and turn it on. The base setting will be more than
sufficient and unlike other firewall offerings it requires almost zero
configurations.

2. Configuring Windows Update is one of the least troublesome tools to
implement. Once configured the updating service will automatically
download and apply any critical patches for your Microsoft software
transparently in the background while you work.

3. Antivirus and anti-spyware software is essential in keeping your
system free of viruses, worms and other malicious programs. There are
some bare bones, yet effective free programs such as AVG and Ad-Aware as
well as robust commercial programs like Norton.

4. Browser security is very straight forward yet can be often glossed
over, if you are using Internet Explorer the default security settings
can be set in seconds and are generally sufficient. Alternatively try
using a different browser like Firefox.
Following these simple and quick steps you can be sure your system is
more secure and up to date against the latest security vulnerabilities.
Although not an exhaustive list of precautions that can be utilized,
these techniques make up a good baseline of protection against a majority
of the malicious software lurking about the Internet.

				
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