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Windows 7 security: 5 simple ways to stay safer

Shane O'Neill | Feb. 14, 2011
Are you taking advantage of all the built-in security protection in Windows 7? Here's a quick guide to strengthening your PC's security.

Windows Firewall

Windows Firewall is an easy feature to turn on or off and can help prevent hackers and worms from slithering into your computer through a network or the Internet. A firewall can also help stop your computer from sending malicious software to other computers.

Unless you have another firewall enabled, such as a corporate network firewall, you should turn on Windows Firewall to protect your computer and network (if you have one).

To turn on Windows Firewall:

  • Click the Start button, and then click Control Panel. In the search box, type firewall, and then click Windows Firewall.
  • In the left pane, click "Turn Windows Firewall on or off." If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
  • Click Turn on Windows Firewall under each network location that you want to help protect, and then click OK.
  • Note: If your computer is connected to a corporate network, your company's group policy settings might prevent you from turning on Windows Firewall.


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