Computer Security Checklist for Windows

This checklist quickly covers critical steps for protecting Windows operating system. Following these steps will help secure your computer and data.      

Basic Security Steps

Windows Update is enabled. How do I enable Windows Update?

Antivirus software is installed and running. What antivirus software should I use?

Windows Firewall is turned on. How do I turn on Windows Firewall?

The software on my computer is up to date. How do I update my software?

Strong passwords are always used. How can I test the strength of my password?

Passwords are not shared or written down.

A password is required to access my computer. How do I password protect my computer? 

Unused programs are removed. How do I uninstall programs?

My home wireless network is secured. How do I secure my home wireless network?

My important data is regularly backed up. How do I back up my data?

I use caution when I browse the Internet.

I log off the computer when I'm not using it.

My web browser does not store or remember my passwords.

Temporary Internet files are periodically removed. How do I remove my temporary Internet files?

Additional/Advanced Security Steps

I am running under a non-administrator account (standard). How do I change my account type?

Guest account is disabled. How do I disable the Guest account?

Unnecessary web browser plug-ins are disabled.

File sharing on my system is disabled. How do I disable file sharing?

A BIOS password is set to prevent alterations to the system. How do I access BIOS settings?

Unneeded Windows services are disabled. Which services can I disable?