Checking Your Internet Browser’s Security Settings
Your web browser has its own security guard on duty that checks incoming files for potential threats. If you try to enter information such as a credit card number on a form that’s not secure, the web browser displays a warning message asking if you want to continue. If a site attempts to install a program on your PC, your browser displays a confirmation dialog box or a warning near the top of the window asking for permission to download and install the program.
With most browsers, the default security settings are fine, but they may be a little on the aggressive side, warning you too much. In any event, checking your browser’s security settings is usually a good idea, just in case your browser has a setting you’d like to change. To check security settings in Internet Explorer, click Tools, Internet Options, and then the Security tab.
If you use a browser other than Internet Explorer, check the browser’s help system for information on how to enter your security preferences. All browsers have security features, although they all handle them a little differently.
PC Supporter Tips!
To protect your PC against viruses, purchase and install a good antivirus program, and keep it updated with the latest virus definitions.
To prevent unauthorized access to your PC, enable the Windows firewall or configure your router’s firewall settings.
Update Windows 7 regularly to ensure that you have the latest security updates installed.
Log in to a standard user account for your daily activities to limit access to your PC in case a hacker breaks in and takes control of it.
To avoid potential virus infections from e-mail attachments, install an antivirus program and open attachments only from trusted sources.