Free Anti-virus Software, Support for Home, Work Now Available


Story Number: NNS090327-04Release Date: 3/27/2009 7:24:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Adrian T. White, Naval Network Warfare Command Public Affairs

NORFOLK (NNS) -- Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Norfolk has put together a list of ways the Navy's Sailors, civilian employees and contractors can be safer with their computers, both at home and at work.

In the often unpredictable world of cyberspace, protecting Navy computer assets is vital. Off duty, knowing how to protect your family from the dangers lurking online is paramount -- a 24 hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week job. To help all Department of the Navy employees better understand how they can achieve this goal, NIOC Norfolk has created a new brochure for reference. Located on the same site is free anti-virus software available to all Sailors, DoD civilians and contractors.

The free anti-virus software and brochure is available at: https://infosec.navy.mil/main/index.jsp.

Only those at a .mil computer and using their Common Access Card (CAC) can download this software via file transfer protocol to their computer. However, once downloaded, the software can be saved to a compact disk and installed in home computers. Your command's Information Security Manager (ISM) should also be able to provide you with a copy of the program on compact disk.

Online threats include viruses, worms, "Trojan Horses" (e-mails with worms or viruses hidden in them), spyware, malware, intrusion and identity theft. To guard against these threats, the first step is to backup all important information stored on personal computers at least once a week and keep these backups in a safe place.

Strong passwords prevent unauthorized access. A strong password consists of at least eight characters and should include letters, numbers and special characters. It is also recommended to use a unique phrase and change it often.

Unauthorize software and other downloads present a serious risk to network security. Typically, software and programs from nationally known vendors are preferred.

NIOC Norfolk also suggests www.cert.org/homeusers/HomeComputerSecurity as a good source for home cyber safety tips.

For more news from Naval Network Warfare Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/nnwc/.

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