Do you like to read the entire life history of every feature in your security software and see every detail about how you might ever use it, in any possible situation? No? Then you'll appreciate knowing that you only have to take four basic steps to help protect your computer.


1. Keep your firewall turned on.


2. Keep your operating system up-to-date.


3. Use antivirus software.


4. Use antispyware software.


And here's the best part. You might already have this protection built into your Windows operating system. To find out, go to See if your operating system has protection built in.