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Patch, patch, patch
Hackers rely on security vulnerabilities as entry points into your machine. It's important to stay on top of security patches and enable automatic updates on every piece of software where it's available. Use Windows Automatic Updates to ensure operating system patches are applied in a timely manner. In addition, Use a reputable anti-malware product and make sure it's always fully updated. Don't forget about security patches for third-party software products (Secunia CSI can help with this). When installing software, go slowly and look carefully at pre-checked boxes that may add unwanted crap to your machine. One last thing: Go through your control panel and uninstall software that you don't or won't use.