Topic no (up0005)Keep your operating system up to date, and install up-to-date antivirus and antispyware software.
Your first level of defense against phishing scams and other malicious humans or software is to secure your computer. Some
phishing e-mail contains malicious or unwanted software that can track
your activities or simply slow your computer. Try new antivirus and
comprehensive computer health services such as Windows Live OneCare. To help prevent spyware or other unwanted software, use Windows Defender. Windows Defender comes with Windows Vista and is available at no charge for Windows XP SP2.For more information, see Protect your computer in 4 steps.Learning
how to spot social engineering techniques is the next step in
protecting your computer, and Windows Vista makes that easier to do:
|•||Internet Explorer 7 is available for Windows Vista and has a Phishing Filter built in that scans Web sites and alerts users to phishing sites.|
|•||Windows Vista Parental Controls offer parental controls for children to help prevent kids from downloading unwanted software.|
Defender helps you avoid spyware and other malicious software that can
be part of a social engineering scam. Windows Defender comes with Windows Vista. If you use Windows XP SP2, you can download Windows Defender for no charge.
|•||User Account Control|
built into Windows Vista requires your consent before allowing
potentially dangerous programs to run. This helps reduce the impact of
viruses, spyware, and other threats you might encounter through social