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Protect your computer

Stay safe online by safeguarding your computer against viruses.

There are numerous viruses in circulation that threaten to damage your computer or spy on your Internet activities. While there is no foolproof way to protect your computer, you can minimize your risk by installing virus protection software. Take full advantage of virus protection by:
Keeping the virus protection software up-to-date
Set the virus protection software to install updates on a regular basis
Use the virus protection software to scan your computer frequently
Safeguard your computer with virus prevention from Microsoft Download Center

We recommend: Windows® Defender


Windows Defender is a free program that helps you stay productive by protecting your computer against pop-ups, slow performance and security threats caused by spyware and other potentially unwanted software.

Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool

This tool checks your computer for infection by specific, prevalent malicious software (including Blaster, Sasser, and Mydoom) and helps to remove the infection if it is found.


Password Protection

Stay safe online by protecting your account password.

Whether you're on- or offline, care for your password as you would care for the key to your house. If your password falls into the wrong hands, your identity may be stolen and someone else may access your account.
You can take a few simple steps to help ensure that your password is protected:

Make sure to create a different password for each online account you hold
Create a more secure password by using a combination of letters and numbers.
Change your password often.
Don't share your password with anyone.

OnGuard Online

 Stop. Think. Click

The federal government and the technology industry have teamed up to create, a new site to help you guard against Internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your personal information. You can minimize the chance of an Internet mishap by adopting OnGuard Online's seven practices for safer computing.

The helpful content at includes tips, articles, videos, and quizzes. It tells where to report spam or a scam, and how to sign up for periodic computer security alerts. And OnGuard Online's phishing, spyware, and spam scams quizzes will help you figure out how savvy you are about computer safety.

We hope members of the Afroartnet community will help fight Internet fraud, scams, and identity theft by using the tips at and sharing them with family, friends, and colleagues.

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