Security Basics For Windows Users

Windows users face a plethora of viruses and malware, but the problem can be minimized with a few simple steps.

As with any computer, the best defense for Windows users is prevention, including reliable backups and solid security software. Equally important, use strong unique passwords and learn how to recognize and avoid common Internet threats.

Using a supported version of Windows is critical, because the versions that are no longer supported by Microsoft do not receive security updates. That means you should be running Windows 10. Windows 7 and Windows 8 have reached the end of support by Microsoft, so if you’re still on Win8 or earlier, you should upgrade as soon as possible.

Pro Tip: Lots of people think that they can keep using older versions forever, but the fact remains that old versions of any computer system, including Windows, are exponentially more vulnerable to viruses and malware. It’s not worth the risk of financial fraud or identity theft to keep using them.

Windows Antivirus Programs
Good security starts with a quality antivirus program. You can use the freebies, but I strongly recommend that you invest in a commercial security suite. It’s money well spent. Most of the free versions have a more robust paid counterpart, often with free trials.

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