Install a Software Firewall NOW
It's amazing how many people don't install a software firewall right away after purchasing or building a computer. They're so easy to install, many are free, and all are better than the built-in Windows firewall.
We've used many firewalls over the years and we have come to the following conclusion:
Running without one of these firewalls is one of the most fool-hardy things a person could do. Why risk allowing hackers into your system to install all sorts of bad stuff (malware) and spy on you (spyware), when all you have to do is install one of these recommended firewalls?
ZoneAlarm Free Firewall
ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite
You really cannot go wrong with any of the above-listed firewalls. That is, unless you don't install one of them.
They're really simple to install, too! Simply download one, install it, and configure it. Configuration is really easy, too. Essentially, you just let the software learn which applications you wish to allow access to the Internet and you're on your way to just about the smartest move you can make with respect to computer security.
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