When you connect your computer to the Internet, your computer software and data are accessible to the rest of the world. Connecting to the Internet increases the threat to your computer from viruses, spyware, and hackers. However, you can minimize these security threats by configuring the security settings on your computer and keeping security-related software up-to-date. In this lesson, you will learn how to maximize the security of your computer by configuring the security settings on your operating system. The lesson also explains how to configure your computer to automatically update its security software.