Security checklist for Windows Vista Starter

Use this checklist to make sure you are taking advantage of all the ways that Windows can help keep your computer as secure and safe as possible.

Windows Security Center

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Use Security Center to make sure your firewall is on, your antivirus software is up to date, and you have your computer set to install updates automatically. For more information, see Using Windows Security Center.

Windows Defender

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Use Windows Defender to prevent malicious software, like spyware or viruses, from infecting your computer. For more information, see Using Windows Defender.

User Account Control

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User Account Control prompts you for your permission before installing software or opening certain kinds of programs that could potentially harm your computer or make it vulnerable to security threats. For more information, see What is User Account Control?

Parental Controls

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Use Parental Controls to set limits on how your children use your computer, such as what games they play, how they use the Internet, and how long they can be online. For more information, see What can I control with Parental Controls?

Windows Update

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Set Windows Update to download and install the latest updates for your computer automatically. For more information, see Install Windows updates.

Windows Firewall

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Use Windows Firewall to help prevent hackers and unwanted software from gaining access to your computer through the Internet. For more information, see Windows Firewall: recommended links.