The most important thing to remember is that security in all things is a moving target... some slower, and as in the case of internet security, some faster. The recommendations I'm making here will continue to need updating for as long as the internet is an entity. I can't guarantee that this page will be as updated as often as is needed but you can always call to check.
Things I have running on my computer to insure security:
Symantec Antivirus Corporate Edition 10. It's the least troublesome and is friendly with other manufacurers software.
Counterspy. The best antispyware you can get right now.
Firefox. Superior browser over Internet Explorer in terms of safety and usability. It will convert over all your favorites and operates pretty much the same. It also has an extensions page for things like tabbed browsing and something really cool called Stumble Upon.
Router (if you're using a highspeed connection). Any brand will do. Just having one makes things difficult for the hacker kids to get in. I don't encrypt my wireless portion because of my locality. But if I were in the city (SF) I would.
I don't use a firewall of any kind because I find them more trouble than their worth. If you keep your Windows updated and keep your antispyware and antivirus software current and log on to your computer with a password, you're not likely to need one. If you are a business with 25 or more computers get a hardware firewall... especially lawyers.
Be aware that a lot of spyware is targeted at kids between the ages of 10 and 20 and their browsing habits. Browsing the web is all that's needed in some cases to become infected. So if you're sharing a computer with a child and that machine is your livelihood, I suggest getting another machine for them.
Some how this guy seems appropriate to the whole issue.
Last updated Aug 08