Security for Home Users

Why antivirus software matters

Why antivirus software matters

Antivirus software helps protect your computer from malicious software (malware) and can be downloaded or installed inexpensively or for free. Still, according to the latest findings from the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (SIR), 24 percent of computers worldwide are not running up-to-date antivirus software, leaving them over five times more likely to be infected with viruses.

Find out why your computer might not be protected

Security updates for May 14, 2013

Download security updates for Windows, Internet Explorer, .NET Framework, Microsoft Lync, and Microsoft Office.

Microsoft security news

Support for Windows XP ends in April 2014

Learn why using an old and unsupported operating system can leave your computer vulnerable to viruses. Plus, get options for upgrading.

Fraud alert: Free "Xbox points"

A new scam spreading on social networks offers fake points to Xbox users in exchange for personal information. Learn how to spot this scam and other offers that seem too good to be true.

Enable two-step verification for Outlook
Turn on two-step verification and help protect your Microsoft account with a password and a code sent to your phone or email address. Get more Outlook security tips.  

Protect your computer

Protect your computer

When to trust a website

A secure or encrypted website address will begin with HTTPS rather than HTTP. Get more tips on how to know when it's okay to enter personal information on a website.

How to recover your hacked Microsoft account

If you think your Microsoft account has been hacked, we recommend that you reset your password right away. Find out what to do if that doesn't work.  

Protect yourself when you use ActiveX controls

Before you click "yes" to install those Internet add-on programs, read our article to decide if the risk is worth it. Also, learn how to remove ActiveX controls that you don't want anymore.

Protect yourself and your family

Protect yourself and your family

Privacy is our priority

Watch a short video about how Microsoft helps build privacy into all of its products. And learn how to customize privacy settings for Internet Explorer to get the amount of privacy that you choose.

Mobile manners and mayhem: What are your smartphone pet peeves?

Pocket dialers? Loud talkers? Constant phone checkers? Share what you find most maddening about mobile phone use. Plus, learn how to increase mobile privacy and safety for you and your family.

Socializing more safely

Spread the word about how to be safer when you socialize online. Download, print, or share our online safety brochures and other resources.

Six tips to help you stay safer online
Learn web safety basics that can help keep you and your family safe from viruses, fraud, and other Internet threats. Plus, print our free tip cards and share them with friends and family.

Security resources

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