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Increase your security and privacy at home

In addition to blocking inappropriate content, it's a good idea to block sites and downloads that might be a risk to your security and privacy. 

image of lock and laptopSet limits on downloads. Free games, free music, animated toolbars, and other downloads can expose your computer to spyware or other unwanted software. Depending on the ages of your children, you can teach them not to download software from unknown sources on the Internet or ask your permission before they download anything. This can help to keep unwanted software off of your computer.

A child might accidentally infect your computer with spyware or other unwanted software. Some popular sites for kids might try to download programs without permission. To avoid this, monitor where your kids go online. For more information, see Step 3.

Use antivirus and antispyware software like Microsoft Security Essentials.Microsoft Security Essentials helps you detect, disable, or remove viruses, spyware and other potentially unwanted software. You can download it for free for Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP. For more information, see Help Protect your PC with Microsoft Security Essentials.

Create different user accounts. Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP allow you to create multiple user accounts for your computer. Each user logs on with a unique profile and his or her own Desktop and My Documents folder. You can give yourself an Administrator account and give your children Limited User accounts. Administrator accounts have full control over the computer. Limited Users cannot change system settings or install new hardware or software, including most games, media players, and chat programs.

Adjust web browser security settings. You can help protect your child through your web browser. Internet Explorer helps you control your security and privacy preferences by allowing you to assign security levels to websites. 

How to...

Get a security update, tool, or scan

  • Security updates
  • Free antivirus, antispyware program
  • Free PC safety scan
  • Download Malicious Software Removal Tool