December 2010 The Herald Greetings - 3
(ARA) - As the new yearapproaches, many of us be-gin thinking about our NewYear’s resolutions. However,we often forget one resolu-tion that is increasingly im-portant - to protect the healthof our PCs.From viruses to trojansto spyware inadvertentlydownloaded while surfingthe Internet, your computerconstantly confronts mali-cious software that can putit at risk. Just as we resolvein the New Year to improveour own health, we can re-solve to improve the healthof our PC, which can saveconsiderable time, moneyand anxiety.The question is: How doesthe average family or smallbusiness keep its PC runningat top speed and protected atthe same time? To preventmalicious software and poorPC performance from ruin-ing your New Year, considerthese four easy steps to helpkeep your PC protected:* Enable automatic up-date. Keeping your PCup-to-date is a vital part of keeping it secure. Turningon the automatic updatewill help ensure you arereceiving the most recentsecurity signatures, whichprotect you from new andongoing security attacks.Security updates are beingissued constantly and the au-tomatic update function caninform you when it comestime to update your system.You don’t have to search forsoftware updates or be wor-ried that you are missing acrucial update. Automaticupdate brings the latest andgreatest security softwaredirectly to you.* Don’t click on e-mailsfrom unknown sources oropen unfamiliar attachments.You should never open ane-mail from someone youdon’t know. Opening ane-mail from an unknownsender can put your PC atrisk to a variety of threatsincluding spyware, phish-ing attacks and viruses. Bewary of suspicious e-mailsfrom people you do know aswell. Phishing attacks are acommon occurrence and if you receive an e-mail from afamiliar address with a sus-picious subject line, don’topen it.* Only install reputableantivirus software. Antivirussoftware from a reputablecompany can detect and re-move viruses and malware.But sometimes malware canmasquerade as security soft-ware, tricking you into pay-ing for a product that actu-ally infects your computer.Protection doesn’t need tobe costly - some of the bestantivirus software is avail-able for free - just make sureyou only install antivirus oranti-malware software froma website you know and aprovider you trust.* Upgrade your browser.Just like your operating sys-tem, it is important to keepyour browser upgraded be-cause it can help keep youprotected from securitythreats. Outdated browsersmay have security flaws thatcould make you more vulner-able to malicious softwareattacks. Also, keeping yourbrowser updated may be theoptimal way to view certainwebsites. Check for updatesregularly or sign up for anautomatic update service.The most important thingwhen downloading or open-ing anything is to makesure you trust the sourcethe content is coming from.Microsoft offers a variety of options to keep your PC se-cure, from Microsoft Updatewhich will help keep youroperating system, softwareand browser updated to Mi-crosoft Security Essentials,a free antivirus software thatis easy to use and providesreal-time protection that runsquietly and efficiently in thebackground. Both of theseservices will enable you touse your PC the way youwant while helping keep youprotected and secure year-round. For more informationon how to keep your new PCsafe, visit www.microsoft.com/security_essentials formore tips.
Resolve to keep your new PC protected in four easy steps
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...with hopes that the season brings you together with friendsand family from near and far.
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