Downloading from the Internet and Your Teenager

May 7, 2009

Microsoft clients of Onsite Computer Services in New Orleans regularly inquire about the activities of their children on home PCs. Depending on their age, children have different and varied uses for home PCs and high-speed internet connections.

Downloading files from the Internet is probably the most prevalent activity, including opening pictures or links to Web sites from e-mail, copying Word documents and Excel spreadsheets from the home network, upgrading software acquired from the Web, or transferring music files from a computer half a world away. Files your children download could be anything, regardless of the file name or the description. Malicious software (also called malware) is software that can harm you or your computer; it can include viruses, worms, spyware, and other unwanted programs.

Everyone with a teenager who downloads music from the Internet wants to be certain they are as protected from unwanted malicious software as can be. At Onsite Computer Services in New Orleans, we recommend the following, industry-standard policies to provide base protection for your teen’s activities: Keep your software up-to-date with Update Windows automatically. If you use Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000 Service Pack (SP3) or later, or Windows Millenium Edition (Me), Automatic Updates delivers updates to your computer automatically, so that’s the easiest and most reliable way to make sure that you get new security and other high-priority updates as soon as they become available.

To turn on Automatic Updates, visit Microsoft Update. Regularly download the latest antispyware and antivirus updates, and then scan your computer right away. To do this, subscribe to the program’s update service. You can set most of these programs to actively-even automatically-monitor for and help stop spyware and virus intrusions.  If you use Windows Live OneCare or Windows Defender for Windows Vista and Windows XP SP2, you can get updates automatically through Microsoft Update.

Some of the easiest methods to improve your computer’s overall security is to use a firewall, keep your operating system updated with the latest security updates, and use both antivirus and antispyware programs. Set your antivirus program to scan all incoming files and e-mail attachments before you open them.

Many e-mail programs offer spam filters that can help block unwanted messages. Microsoft Outlook has strong natural defenses against junk e-mail, but you can also step up your defense against spam. Some Internet Service Providers (ISPs) include antispyware software as part of their service. If your ISP doesn’t offer this, consider Windows Defender. Windows Defender comes with Windows Vista. If you use Windows XP SP2, you can download Windows Defender for no charge.

The above are industry standard methods that Onsite Computer Services alleges will decrease your chances of a malware infection. As a user, once the initial settings are configured, the operating system and antivirus scanner should run in an unattended manner and provide protection from the vast majority of evil-doer malware.

If you’re searching for New Orleans computer service or repair of your Microsoft based system or network, then call the Microsoft specialists at 504-469-6991. Onsite Computer Services, Inc. in New Orleans

You may also be interested in Onsite Computer’s Blog.

This New Orleans On-Site Computer Service post was provided by Eli Lucas. Eli can be reached at eli@onsitenola.com. Onsite Computer serves the Microsoft computing needs of small businesses throughout the Greater New Orleans area including Uptown, Lakeview, Broadmoor, Mid-City, Metairie, Jefferson, Kenner, Westbank, French Quarter, and the Warehouse District. Please visit our website for New Orleans Computer Service.

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