In the previous parts of this article (see parts 1, 2, 3, and 4), we have covered the basics of what you need to know to protect your computer on the Internet. But to quote a Microsoft security researcher, "Security is a Journey, not a Destination." Meaning that it requires that you stay up-to-date and know what the latest threats are to protect yourself.
To finish up this article below are some topics that I want to quickly cover:
Staying Up To Date
With new attacks being created all the time, its important to stay informed about the latest security threats. Check out Microsoft Security Newsletter for Home Users. This newsletter includes: how-to articles and security tips, security bulletins and critical updates, answers to frequently asked questions on security topics, and more.
Testing Your Defenses
In the past I have already posted a few articles called 'Testing Your Defenses' (see parts: 1, 2 and 3), that discusses how to make sure your that you're computer security software (i.e. firewall, anti-virus, etc.) are working properly.
Disinfecting Your Computer
If your computer has already been infected by some type of malware (i.e.: viruses, spyware, etc.), there are some resources that you can use to remove this type of software: