Defending your computer

Access to the seemingly limitless information and opportunities on the web often comes with some risk to your computer. How can you better secure and defend your computer and keep your personal information safe from cybercriminals? Use the resources on the right to learn how to strengthen your computer’s defenses and train yourself to act cautiously as you make your way across the web. Get the essentials on how to help keep your computer free of viruses, spyware, and other malicious software, plus how to avoid being tricked into downloading them in the first place.

Guarding your information


Use the links on the right to find out how to help protect yourself from scams that could be used to threaten your privacy or steal your identity and personal information when you bank or shop online. Phishing scams, malicious software, and database breaches are all techniques that online thieves can use to gather information about you and use it to impersonate or defraud you.

Social networking online


Join the online social whirl knowing how to take charge of your online reputation, more safely use your mobile phone and social networks, and help protect your privacy when using location services. Whether you’re connecting with others on Windows live messaging, Facebook, LinkedIn, or other social network, the resources on the right can help you navigate the online world and know the risks and responsibilities that go along with it.

Online safety presentations

The presentations below include instructions, content, and speaker notes, and are designed to help you teach online safety to adults, except for "Take charge of your digital life," which was created especially for tweens and teens.