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Getting Online With Your New Computer

A quick guide on how to get your system online and stay protected.


There are two basic ways to connect a computer to the internet, either wired or wireless.

A wired connection is very straightforward, with the computer being connected with a network cable to the router or hub. With this type of connection Windows should automatically detect all the settings that it needs for the connection to work and you should be ready to go straight away.

You can verify your network settings by clicking the network icon from the taskbar and then going to View Connection Settings. Here you will see all of the active and inactive connections as well as options to change things such as the proxy settings for this connection - you'll generally not need to change these however and the default settings should work fine.


If connecting through wireless, this takes a couple more steps as you’ll need to enter your wireless network details. If you aren’t sure of these, they will often be on a sticker on the router otherwise you may need to contact your service provider.

On the computer’s taskbar there should be a wireless network icon, which shows the status of network connection. Initially this will be greyed out and show no connection, but should show available networks in range if your network is already active.

Clicking on the network icon will bring up the network connections bar, which will list all available networks that the computer can connect to. Select the wireless network that you wish to use and click connect. Connect automatically should be checked as default and this should generally be left ticked as it allows the computer to handle the connection itself and will resume the connection whenever the machine is turned on.

When prompted, enter the password for the connection and you can then choose if you want the computer to be able to easily find other devices on the network, which is suggested if the computer is for home use.

Finally, you should see the network verify and connect and it will then be connected to the Internet.


Choosing The Best Browser For You

An internet browser is the program that a computer uses to go online and display websites. A new computer will ship with Internet Explorer installed by default, but this isn’t your only option.

There are a number of other browsers available, with Firefox and Chrome being the most popular alternatives but you’re not even limited to these three as there are dozens of browsers out there to pick from.

You can find out more information on this, as well as links to download a number of browsers from Microsoft’s Browser Choice website.


Staying Protected Online

We’d always recommend making sure that your system is protected with an antivirus or internet security package. A number of both free and paid options are available.

We carry several of the paid options on our store. Paid internet security programs function as a one year subscription which you would need to renew annually.Free antivirus is also available from a number of companies, these generally don’t have as many features as paid ones but can offer suitable levels of protection in most cases.

Of course, security programs aren't 100% protection and you're also best to make sure you're vigilant with the sites you go to and files you download to try and minimise the chances of something untoward making its way onto your system.