Those of you that are still using Windows know this:  You get regular patches every Tuesday from Microsoft (provided that they are important patches).  Ignore these at your peril.  As one of the most popular operating systems in the world, Microsoft is subject to attacks by "black-hat" hackers for a number of reasons.  The best thing that you, the average computer user, can do is to make sure that you get regular updates for XP, Vista and Windows 7.  Since this advice column is for the home user, I recommend that you either have the Updates done automatically, or have them downloaded then you can review what each update does.  Some updates aren't needed, but most of the time, they are.

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