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Tech Minute: Keeping Your Computer Clean, Safe

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — With how much people do online today, experts say to be on the lookout for problems from viruses to malware to identity theft.

There are products available to keep your computer and personal information safe, and some of them won’t cost you a dime.

One recommendation from an expert at the Microsoft Store at Mall of America is not to ignore software updates.

“When it says there’s an update available, download that update,” says Pete Harrington, Microsoft Store manager at Mall of America. “Those are the things that are going to keep you safe when you’re online, shopping online, and putting in important information.”

Microsoft’s newest operating system, Windows 7, will also beef up your online safety.

“The latest and greatest operating system is going to know how you use the internet today instead of 10 years ago,” says Harrington.

Versions of Windows 7 start at $119.99.

Harrington also recommends downloading Internet Explorer 9 and Security Essentials at microsoft.com to help with online safety.

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