This Xmas Protect New PCs Before Connecting to the Internet

REDMOND, Wash. -- Dec. 16, 2003 -- Consumers who are planning to buy or think they may receive a new PC this holiday season will want to learn how to protect it right out of the box. With a few simple precautions, PCs can be better protected from computer viruses and other online hazards. Why should users take safety precautions with a new PC? Because they won't have a secured connection to the Internet unless the new PC has a firewall enabled, is up to date using Windows® Update and includes fully updated anti-virus software.

Computers loaded with Microsoft® Windows XP have features to help protect them from online threats right out of the box. Windows XP comes with a built-in firewall that can easily be enabled. By turning on the firewall before connecting to the Internet, new PC owners can be better protected as they download anti-virus updates and visit Windows Updates to get and keep their PC up to date.

"Because of an increase in the number of malicious attacks made by computer hackers, consumers have asked for more protection," said Will Poole, senior vice president of Windows at Microsoft Corp. "While we are planning to turn the firewall on by default in the next service pack for Windows XP, we're taking steps to help educate our customers about the steps they can take today to help protect their PCs and their information."

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