Article: Protect Your PC from Viruses, Worms & Trojans

by Mike Burstein

Each of the items in the checklist below is part of a broad and easy to implement security policy.

If you create a similar program, you can protect yourself and your PC from the numerous threats to your security and privacy.

1. Install all windows security patches for your operating system from the Microsoft Update site it's free All that's required to keep your operating system up to date is an Internet connection.

2. Install and configure a firewall either a hardware or software based firewall is a must If you are using a router, it probably has firewall capabilities included. Software firewalls are available at minimal cost; one of the best is free

3. Install and configure antivirus software the cost is minimal, there are even free versions available the protection is priceless Update it daily scan your drives weekly it can all be automated with most programs.

4. Create a backup even the best plan can be circumvented be prepared for the worst with a complete backup of your hard drive If you already have a CD burner and software installed in your machine, you probably have the tools to create a complete system backup for only the cost of a few CDR's

Obviously, the costs to properly protect yourself from the worst threats to your security are almost nil. If you need help with any step above, simply use a Google search to find help it's freely available.

Follow these four simple steps and you will have implemented comprehensive and complete protection for your PC. If you are unable to initiate your own plan, hire an expert to do the job. You won't be sorry

2003 ODEC

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