Make your PC hacker-proof

No computer connected to the Internet is 100 per cent safe from hacking. But take heart: these five easy steps can make a PC running Windows virtually impervious to online attacks.

Check Microsoft's Web site regularly for the latest Windows security updates and patches.

Remove File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks under the Network Control Panel (see previous page for details).

Use up-to-date antivirus software to block Trojan horse programs. Exercise caution when deciding whether to open e-mail attachments, even from trusted senders.

Install personal firewall software. We recommend BlackICE Defender for users not interested in becoming security experts and ZoneAlarm for those who want to know all the details about their Internet connection.

If you maintain a persistent Internet connection, and you really want to play it safe, then just shut down your system whenever you will not be using it.

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