6 Essential Security Tips for Windows 7

Windows has made some wonderful strides since the debut of Windows 95. The operating system that brought us the Start menu and task bar was not the most secured one at the time, Things have gotten better since then. Windows 7 is stable, slick and intuitive.

There are general security tips that apply to all operating systems, of course, but each operating system platform provides its own security challenges. The following tips are tailored to Microsoft Windows 7.

Protect yourself in Windows 7 by practicing safe computing —after all, the best defence is often a good offense.

Consider these safe-computing tips:

  • Windows comes with a built-in antispyware program, Windows Defender, but no antivirus program. You need to buy your own program and pay its subscription fees so that it will keep recognizing the latest viruses.

6 Essential Security Tips for Windows 7

  • Windows 7 comes with a backup program. For easy backups, buy a portable hard drive, and tell the program to use that drive for backing up your pictures, music, documents, and other important things on your PC.

  • Employ good email security practices. Make use of some basic email security tips to ensure you do not invite the bad guys to read your email, flood you with spam, and take advantage of you through phishing techniques.

  • Only open e-mailed attachments that you’re expecting. If you receive something unexpected from a friend, e-mail or phone to see whether he or she really sent you something. A virus may be sending that message from an infected PC.

  • If you receive an e-mail from a financial institution saying that something’s wrong with your account, and you need to fix the problem by clicking the link and entering your name and password, don’t do it. That e-mail came from a fraudster trying to trick you. Ignore it. If you have questions, visit the institution’s Web site by manually typing the link into your Web browser (do not click on the link that is provided in such email).

  • Disable unneeded services. Windows service is a long-running executable that performs specific functions and which is designed not to require user intervention. Windows services can be configured to start when the operating system is booted and run in the background as long as Windows is running, or they can be started manually when required. You should disable unneeded services which you think is not required for your operation, for example you can disable smartcard if you are not using it for authentication.

Installing Microsoft Windows 7 is only the first step to using it. If you stop there, you’re likely to run afoul of the various security threats roaming the wilds of the Internet. Make sure you take care to configure your system to best protect you against the dangers that lurk around every corner.

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