If you use Windows XP in a non-networked environment, or have a laptop that connects to the internet when you travel, visit

Protect Your PC

The Protect Your PC Web site can automatically configure ICF (Internet Connection Firewall) settings, or give you step-by-steps instructions to do it yourself. Assistance in configuring Automatic Update, and a discussion of the importance of Anti-Virus products is also available.

If you need assistance in securing your PC, Microsoft has a free resource. Just dial this toll free number: 1-866-PCSAFETY.

I recommend that you view these 3 Protect Your PC Site Videos (in a delightful English accent):

http://www.microsoft.com/security/protect/step1_internetfirewall.asx

http://www.microsoft.com/security/protect/step2_updateyourpc.asx

http://www.microsoft.com/security/protect/step3_antivirussoftware.asx

NOTE: See Freeware script toggles ICF on and off.