10. secure your computer
One of the major advancements of Windows Vista over Windows XP is in security. Vista offers protection for your computer from malware, spyware, Trojan horses, phishing, and spam, as well as safeguards for your kids. Protection is turned on when you install Vista, but don’t take it for granted. You should periodically run the checks that Windows provides.
The two main security features in Windows Vista are the Windows Security Center and Windows Defender. But Vista has much more—including Windows Firewall and Windows Update, which is important for getting the latest security patches.
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