You just got a new computer and now you are concerned about all of the stories that you hear on the news when it comes to securing that computer. And it really makes sense for you to be concerned. There are very real security threats that you have to worry about. But not everything is as bad as it seems. While you must think about security when you are on the internet, just because you log in does not mean that you are in danger right away. As a matter of fact, if you just take a few steps in making sure that you are safe then you should have very little problems when it comes to surfing the net.
1. The first step
The first thing that you have to do when you get your computer is to make sure that you have the proper antivirus program set up and ready to go. There are a lot of options out there for you to use. Some of them are free and some of them you will have to pay for. For the most part they will all keep you safe but some are more efficient on your system than the others are. Look at the reviews and see which one you like the best. Check to make sure that it has all of the features that you think that you will need. Some of them will check the attachments in your email for you while others will check anything that is downloaded in real time.
2. The second step
After you have done that now it is time to make sure that your Firewall is set up. While the Firewall is not as important as it once was since most wireless routers come with one already installed, if you want to make sure that your system is completely safe then it is in your best interest to have one installed. Just like the antivirus software mentioned above, some are free while others you will have to pay for. Just take a look at the reviews and I am sure that you will be fine.
3. The last step
The last step is to make sure that you have a good system in which you will store all of the passwords that you use. There are going to be a lot of web sites that you visit in which you will have to worry about the password. Make sure that you keep it in a safe place and do not use the same password on more than one site. After that is done, you should be ready to go.
Also, read more tips on securing your new Windows 7 computer.