You don’t need to pay for Windows security!

If you are a non-commercial (e.g. home, educational, non-profit) Windows user, you do not need to fork out big bucks to keep your computer safe from malicious software. Some of the big computer security companies would like you to think otherwise, but the truth is there are plenty of excellent free alternatives.

Antivirus

There are many free antivirus programs out there, but I’ll just recommend three:

Note: If you already have an antivirus program installed and running, make sure you uninstall that first.

Firewall

Since XP, Windows has shipped with a built-in firewall. You really don’t need to do anything more than turn it on and forget about it. Note: If you already have an firewall installed and running, make sure you uninstall that first.

Update

Keep Windows updated by turning on automatic updates. If you spot a little yellow icon with an exclamation mark in it near the clock, right click on it and install the update that is available.

Apr09

One Response to “You don’t need to pay for Windows security!”

  1. Maverick Says:
    April 22, 2010 at 1:02 am

    that was what i thought as well. i used the exact same progs (AVG and Security Essentials). my comp is always fully up to date and firewall on. i thought iw as safe and all…
    until one day my friend came up to me and said: hey m, y did you send me that email about (some naughty thing)?
    which i nvr send anything out. then i realised, with those softwares, there will still be loopholes.

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