Keeping Safe and Secure
Now that you have a fresh installation of Windows, make sure you keep your computer and its users protected.
Before we wrap things up, here's a rundown of what you should be concerned about:
- Firewall: Make sure you keep Windows Firewall enabled to prevent hackers or malicious software from intruding.
- Virus protection: Windows does not come with antivirus software. Make sure you install a third-party tool to detect and stop infections from viruses, worms, and other threats.
- Spyware/malware protection: Viruses aren't the only pests. Spyware or malware infections can also do harm or cause annoying issues.
- Windows Update: To make sure you have the best experience as possible with Windows 7, configure Windows Update to automatically check for and install security holes and new features.
If you don't want to purchase protection, you can always use the AVG Free Edition.
Luckily, Windows Defender is automatically installed and active in Windows 7.
You might have already chosen to enable Windows Update during the initial setup, but be sure to double check.