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Congratulation, you made it.  Welcome to the internet!
You, and another 2 Billion other people are now part of an ever growing framework that links all of us to each other.  The internet is a remarkable creation that has evolved into, as some argue, the single most important thing ever created by man.  However, there are challenges that come with this awesome creation.

The link below is a good place to start if you are new to the computing world or a seasoned user that needs to better protect themselves when connecting to the internet.
It is titled "Before You Connect a New Computer to the Internet". 

We know what you're thinking!  "If I'm reading this article now, isn't it already too late?"

Well, it's never too late to learn how to protect yourself and your child(ren) when using the internet.  There are new threats, schemes, viruses and much more showing up every day. 
By better understanding the risks, you are better prepared to protect yourself. 

The document that you will find at the other end of the link is moderate in length.  It is provided by the US-CERT which stands for: The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team which is part of the Department of Homeland Security

I encourage you to take some time and read through it.  Also, check out the References section at the end of the page where you will find additional links to help secure your computer.   
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Computer Security Before you connect to the internet USCert.gov 5-19-2010 
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