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The Essentials of Home Network Security

Securing your home network is critical — you need to protect your home network from Internet threats by using a firewall and installing antivirus and antispyware software. Windows Firewall and Windows Defender are provided with Windows 7, but you should also install antivirus software. You also must ensure that Windows Update is configured correctly for your home network.

Protecting Your Home Network from Malware

Protecting your computers and home network from malware begins before you even connect to the Internet. Malware, short for malicious software, is software or code that is designed to damage files or entire [more…]

Types of Threats to E-mail Security on a Home Network

Malware, short for malicious software, is frequently spread via e-mail on home networks. This type of security threat to home networks — and computers in general — may even appear to come from someone [more…]

What are Windows Firewall and Windows Defender?

Windows Firewall and Windows Defender are programs included with Windows 7 that help protect your home network and keep your data secure from Internet threats. Today's Internet threats are prolific, and [more…]

How to Allow and Block Programs through Windows Firewall

You can use Windows Firewall to allow or block specific programs from accessing your computer and home network. Windows Firewall helps to prevent malware from accessing your computer via your home network [more…]

Turning Windows Firewall On or Off and Changing Notification Settings

Like many Windows settings and features, Windows Firewall notifies you when certain events occur. For example, if a program is blocked, a pop-up window will alert you. For some people, this is fine. Others [more…]

How to Scan Your Computer for Spyware with Windows Defender

Windows Defender is configured by default to scan your computer daily for spyware, and to provide real-time protection (scan any program that attempts to install on your computer). To manually scan your [more…]

How to Change Previous Actions in Windows Defender

Windows Defender makes it easy to change previous actions that you might want to undo, such as responding to a pop-up window about possible spyware too quickly [more…]

Configuring Tools and Settings in Windows Defender

You can configure many advanced options in Windows Defender, such as automatic scanning, default actions, real-time protection settings, excluded files and folders, excluded file types, and more. These [more…]

How to Change Windows Update Settings

You can change how Windows Update installs updates to your computer. Windows Update is Microsoft’s online portal for providing software fixes and security patches to the public. There are several options [more…]

How to Remove Installed Windows Updates

Occasionally, an update (software fix or security patch) installed by Windows Update causes problems on your computer. For example, an update may cause a program to not run correctly or to run much slower [more…]

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