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5 Critical Steps to Protecting Your Computer on the Internet
By: John Lenaghan
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    2005-07-31

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    You can download the free Microsoft Antispyware from http://www.computer-help-squad.com/antispyware

    5. Set up a Free Email Account

    This last item is not as critical as the first four, but I would highly recommend you set up an email account with one of the free services like Hotmail or Gmail.

    Once you're on the Internet, you'll find a lot of useful information that you want that requires you to provide an email address. In some cases, these people will end up sending you a bunch of spam.

    If you use a free email account to sign up for anything that you don't know for sure you can trust, it's not going to fill your main email with a bunch of junk.

    This goes for anything really, not just online information. If you're entering a contest or signing up for anything offline and you don't know where your information could end up being used, I would suggest using your free email address.

    If worse comes to worse, and your free email address gets inundated with spam, you can always just set up a new one and let the old one expire.

    Some of the better free email services are www.hotmail.com, www.gmail.com and www.yahoomail.com.

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