PC Safety101 HTML version

To update Windows, within Internet Explorer select the Tools menu. Then Tools
> Windows Update and the rest of the process will be easy to follow.
If you do want to turn on automatic updates, you can do that via the update
process the first time you visit the Windows update site, or, you can enable it via
the Control Panel on your PC.
There are a few things you can do with your browser as well.
Security at the Browser Level
We mentioned that you can set some parameters within Internet Explorer to
minimize the downloading of certain kinds of spyware, but that this will limit
functionality of your web surfing and may even make some of your favorite sites
There are also some general preferences and routines you should consider.
Disabling Bad Scripts – But Enabling Good Ones
There is a two-setting solution that will probably provide you with some
enhanced security while still enabling the kind of surfing and browsing you are
used to doing.
What you want to do is disable IE’s ability to run scripts without your
permission, first.
1. In Internet Explorer click the Tools menu > Internet Options > Security
2. Select A Web Content Zone and Custom Level.
3. Disable four items:
a. Download unsigned Active-X controls
b. Initialize and script Active-X controls not marked safe
c. Activescripting
d. Scripting Java applets
Then set your Java permissions option to “High Safety.” Now you have better
security – but half your favorite sites won’t work. There’s an easy if slightly time-
consuming solution to that.
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