When webeagle buy an appliance, we hope to be able to take it home, have a brief glimpse at the directions for setting it up, plug it in and go. For most items, this expectation is fulfilled, even, unfortunately, for the home PC. In fact, as soon as you get a few things plugged into the back of it all you have to do is turn it on and begin surfing. When you initially begin a Windows PC, there’s a short setup routine which asks in the event that you would like to turn on Automatic Updates (recommended), but little else in the method of the way to properly protect your PC and the system it’s plugged into.

PC makers should at least provide a brief, animated tutorial or video which explains these five essential steps to securing a House PC and network:

1. Install a NAT router. Though the Windows firewall is on by default these days, in case your PC is plugged directly in your Internet connection (for instance, your broadband router), you are visible to everyone on the’Net. The router takes this live Internet speech and translates into a private address that is invisible to anyone on the outside.

2. All routers come pre-assembled using a default password and login. These are well known and lists are posted online. While an attacker normally can not access this from the outside, if you somehow get infected with remote control malware, an attacker can access it from your PC. He can change the preferences to ship you virtually anyplace he wants you to proceed. Not good.

3. Install and/or update a security package . Most PCs nowadays come bundled with anti-virus or a full security suite like McAfee Internet Security or Norton Internet Security. My favourite is ESET Smart Security; unfortunately, this isn’t one that you’ll see bundled with a new PC. Make sure the software is current and make sure it will update itself automatically.

4. Turn on Automatic Updates. You should have done this once you prepare the pc, but in case you have not, take action today.

5. Each one the security apparatus and software in the world will not help you in the event that you click pop-ups, open each email you receive, click on random links, and normally exercise dangerous surfing. Sadly, this is the one of the main reasons why the offenders continue to be successful. Take some time to know the Way to be safe on the’Net by making use of these free resources: