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What do I need to know? : Protect your computer

Update Windows regularly

Microsoft frequently releases new security patches for all their software including Windows, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Office. Visit Windows Update once every two weeks to keep your computer updated.

Windows XP users can enable automatic updates by following this simple procedure:

  1. Right-click on the “My Computer” icon.
  2. Left-click on “Properties”.
  3. Select the “Automatic Updates” tab.
  4. Tick the “Automatic” radio box.
  5. Click the OK button.

Use Antivirus and Anti-spyware Software

There is malicious software on the Internet designed to infiltrate your computer and damage it or compromise your privacy. To ensure that you are protected from these, you need to install antivirus and anti-spyware software.

MWEB has teamed up with international security experts, AVG, to provide you with a comprehensive software package, which protects your computer against viruses and spyware for free.

Use a Firewall

Hardware and software firewalls protect computers from hackers and malicious software gaining access to your computer. Many routers have a built-in firewall, however, if you use a normal ADSL modem or use another type of Internet Access product you should install a firewall, or use the existing Windows Firewall on your machine.

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