Secure your Windows 7 system

Tech TrickIt’s surprising how many entrepreneurs don’t pay attention to the security features on their own desktop, especially considering how many important documents and data they keep on there.

 

If you’re using Windows 7 and are concerned about your security, here’s a few simple things you can try without needing to download complicated anti-virus software and firewalls:

 

  • Turn on Windows Firewall. This can be located through the Control Panel, available by pressing on the Start Menu. This won’t protect you from everything, but is much better than it used to be and will keep malware and spyware from infecting your machine.
  • Lock your screen whenever you aren’t using the computer. To do this, click on the Start Menu, then to the right you’ll see a menu with a drop-down box. One of the options will be “lock”. Doing this will keep unwanted intruders out of your computer.
  • Update your Windows software regularly. Microsoft releases updates every month for its various operating systems, and you should make sure you keep your system up-to-date. In the taskbar at the bottom of the screen, you should see a Windows icon whenever new updates are available. Double-click on it, and then click on the “Install Update” button. Make sure you do this regularly, as new updates will protect you from viruses and malware.

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