MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — With how much people do online today, experts say to be on the lookout for problems from viruses to malware to identity theft.

There are products available to keep your computer and personal information safe, and some of them won’t cost you a dime.

One recommendation from an expert at the Microsoft Store at Mall of America is not to ignore software updates.

“When it says there’s an update available, download that update,” says Pete Harrington, Microsoft Store manager at Mall of America. “Those are the things that are going to keep you safe when you’re online, shopping online, and putting in important information.”

Microsoft’s newest operating system, Windows 7, will also beef up your online safety.

“The latest and greatest operating system is going to know how you use the internet today instead of 10 years ago,” says Harrington.

Versions of Windows 7 start at $119.99.

Harrington also recommends downloading Internet Explorer 9 and Security Essentials at microsoft.com to help with online safety.

Comments (10)
  1. I'm Just Sayin' says:

    Talk to your ISP. I used to pay for a service that had an annual fee of $55.00 and it kept me safe. I then heard my ISP offered a free product and I switched to it. So far no issues and they tell me it is every bit as safe. After all, if you get a virus, your ISP suffers, so it is in their best interest to offer you somethign free or at a reduced rate that is as good as industry standard…

  2. David says:

    Use Firefox Browser for even more secure web browsing!

  3. Rich Effer says:

    Don’t surf porn.

  4. T says:

    Was this just a Microsoft ad? I would have learned more staring at a pumpkin. This is the most uninformitive article I’ve ever read.

  5. Rags says:

    Is this article an ad for Microsoft?

    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (free), WinPatrol (free), Spyware Blaster (free), Microsoft Security Essentials (free) is an antivirus and anti-malware. To clean the junk periodically: CCleaner (free).

    1. keel says:

      Absolutely correct. Have used them all for a long time without any problems of any kind….and best of all…FREE!

  6. Joey Olson says:

    Since Microsoft is on 90% of pc’s, if it’s pc related, Microsoft will be in that article. Get firefox and if you’re on a website you might think will lay viruses down, google Dell Kace. That is a virtual kind of browser that can’t infect system.

  7. zee the reporter says:

    all you need is AVG free~ Ad-Aware free Spybot-SD free ~you have to do updates on you own!

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