The security of your PC starts right from your Operating System, which is the core of all the functions performed on your PC.

If you have Windows Vista on your PC, then Microsoft has incorporated a decent utility within your Control Panel, which checks the basic security aspects of your system, and lets you know if any of them needs your attention.

It is called Windows Security Center.

How to Access Windows Security Center

Just click on Start > Control Panel.

Click on Windows Security Center in the Classic View Mode.


What Windows Security Center Tells You

It monitors the status of four critical aspects of your PC Security in real time.

Firewall: Whether appropriate firewall is enabled on your PC or not.

Automatic Update: No software can ever be perfect. There are always weaknesses and vulnerabilities in every code and good vendors keep on finding them and plugging them through regular updates, which are automatically downloaded in your system and installed. It is a fact, that despite a recent awakening on this issue, many people still ignore this important aspect and let the Windows Update remain disabled. They think that it saves them time and bandwidth. Recent outbreak of Conficker Worm is a typical example of it, which exploited a vulnerability in Windows, which had been patched up by Microsoft more than one year back. But lots of people still were carrying the old versions.

This section of the Windows Security Center checks, whether the Automatic Update settings of your Windows are working or not.

Malware Protection: This section lets you know correct Antivirus and Antispyware software are installed and updated in your system or not.

Other Security Settings: This check your other security settings like Internet Security and User Access Control. If you are not knowing about User Account Control

User Account Control (UAC) is a feature in Windows that can help prevent unauthorized changes to your computer. UAC does this by asking you for permission or an administrator? password before performing actions that could potentially affect your computer’s operation or that change settings that affect other users.

So, be vigilant and keep checking your Windows Security Center settings. You never know, when disaster strikes.