Since I couldn't get a credit from DirecTV for a HD TIVO I decided to upgrade my internet access to DSL instead. I have always had dial up (most recently Juno and People PC). I have used AVG antivirus, AD aware for spyware protection and Zone alarm for a firewall. All seemed to work well but the long dial up downloads were annoying to keep everything up to date. I now have Qwest DSL with MSN Premium. Earthlink and Comcast were my only other two options in my area at a higher cost. So far I am happy with the speed and ease of use. I installed the McAfee antivirus and firewall that came with the service and did away with AVG and Zone Alarm. It seems strange to be logged on all the time, Is there anything else I should be doing to protect the computer? I notice I can bypass MSN just by opening up Internet Explorer. That seems strange since I thought I would have to be signed in to surf. I leave the computer on most of the day and only turn it off at night. I guess it just seems very vulnerable to me. Should I shut down when I am not using it? It seems you should be able to turn the DSL modem off. Any thoughts or advise is appreciated.