Keep Your PC Safe
Here's how to bring the full force of your firewall, antivirus, and anti-spyware down on intruders.No matter where you really live, when you connect your computer to the Internet, youre in the big city. So you outfit your PC with the virtual locks that PC Magazine has been recommending for years: antivirus protection, a software firewall, a router with a hardware firewall, and a shiny new antispyware utility. Your PC is now impenetrable, right? Well, maybe not. Just having locks on your door isnt enough. Youve actually got to lock them, too, and let only the right people in. If your security apps arent configured correctly, your computer isnt locked down, and anyone could get in.
In the following pages, well show you how to set up for appropriate protection. No matter which brands or versions youve chosenwhether you find menus called Options, Settings, or Preferencesyoull benefit from this universal advice.