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The Basics

First with the basics. Although it isn't completely necessary to have a computer and Internet access, it will limit your business's potential. It isn't necessary for you to have the latest, top of the line computer to run a successful business, therefore, don't buy a brand new computer if you already own one, we do however recommend a reliable connection. If you don't already have a computer, we recommend visiting the Walmart website. If you are looking for a low cost computer, this should be your first stop. You can find many good computers systems that are easily affordable. Visiting the website also allows you to take advantage of Internet only offers that are not available in the stores.

We also recommend getting a DSL or Cable high speed connection connection because it is now more affordable than ever, and is an "always on" connection, which will give you instant access instead of ordering a second phone line, or missing calls, and the main benefit will be getting to websites faster. A DSL or cable connection will allow you to upload images, access your orders, or send out large newsletters quickly instead of wasting valuable time on a slow connection, which might cost you more in the long run. Having these two items in place will allow you to concentrate on starting your business by having easy and instant access to a computer and Internet from the comfort of your own home or your choice of location. Once you decide on a computer and/or ISP (Internet Service Provider) we can go to step two. If you ever need help on any of the steps, you can contact us.

Another basic you will want to have, if you don't already, is a reliable firewall. A firewall is needed to stop computer hackers from access your computer, protects your identity from being stolen, and prevents email worms from spamming your address book. Up-to-date anti-virus software is also a necessity. This is also available with ZoneAlarm. We recommend purchasing Zone Alarms Security Suite. ZoneAlarm Security Suite protects against hackers, viruses, worms, identity theft, security breaches via instant messaging "holes," access to offensive Web content, and more—all in one easy-to-use, yet powerful package. The last thing you want to deal with having your computer invaded and your files being infected by viruses.This happened to me once because I did not keep my virus definitions up to date. It was a nightmare to restore my computer back to working order. I noticed there was a problem because my computer viewed web pages very slowly, printed slowly, and when I would do a web search, some of words had green or red underlines under them. As far as I could tell it was some sort of pay per click virus which modified my browser so that if I clicked on any of the underlined words they would receive a commission. Ever so often weird ads would pop up on my computer. Avoid this at all costs and get a firewall and anti-virus software.

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