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
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
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.
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