Help mom protect her PC

I am my mother’s tech support person.  As the only employee of Microsoft in our family, the role naturally fell to me.

Even if you don’t work in the technology sector, I’ll bet that many of you are also charged with keeping your mom’s computer safe from malware and keeping her personal information out of the hands of cybercriminals.

In honor of Mother’s Day, here are five important gifts you can give your mom to help her secure her computer. (Hint: These work for dads too!)

1.       Make sure your mom has automatic updating turned on.  When regular or unscheduled updates are ready to download, she doesn’t have to think about it.

2.       Make sure your mom has a firewall and that she keeps it turned on.

3.       Scan your mom’s computer with the new Microsoft Safety Scanner and remove any malicious software that she might already have on her computer.

4.       Install antivirus software from a trusted source and make sure it updates itself automatically. We recommend Microsoft Security Essentials.

5.       Show your mom some examples of popular scams and warn her not to open spam email messages, not to click links on suspicious websites or in pop-up windows, especially when they claim to sell antivirus software.

If your mom is at all interested in learning how to do this herself (mine isn’t), don’t forget to sign her up for our security newsletter.

About the Author
Eve Blakemore

Group Manager, Trustworthy Computing

Eve Blakemore is a Group Manager for Trustworthy Computing who delivers consumer guidance around the latest trends in security and privacy. Eve joined Microsoft in 1998 and has worked in corporate and field roles with Microsoft Learning, US Public Sector, Read more »

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  1. Anonymous

    Thank you .  I am a mom and yes I ussually depend on our It person or my sons to keep my computer running.  Good advice.  Thank you

  2. Anonymous

    My home computer was "invaded" by a virus? I received MS major warning on my back up home computer Sunday, Mother's day. I purchased my system from Dell;loaded with all types of security and in addition I have McAfee protection. Today, Microsoft sent (unsolicited) offer to have me sign up but by then it was too late. What I do not understand is I ran Macafee and it said my computr was safe. I had to do shutdown; ATT said to call u because it is an internet issue. Thks.

  3. Anonymous

    Yes, I am my mom's tech person. We had a good time on Mother's Day while I was doing those things (and a few others) with her laptop. But I am sorry to say that she would never read your newsletter. She leaves that to me.

  4. Anonymous

    Yes I need all the help I can get.


  5. Anonymous

    Good advice.Keep spelling out the dangers of funny messages,dubious downloads. Thanks.

  6. Anonymous

    My parents leave this type of reading to me, too, Leanna.

  7. Anonymous

    Mom's computer used to get viruses all the time. Since I live thousands of miles away from Mom, I got her a MacBook!

  8. Anonymous

    My son keeps me informed and if I get a problem he sorts it for me, I do try to do things for myself as he works all day with peoples problems and does not need to come home to mine, I have learnt to do some things myself but do get stuck now and again, I worry about viruses and hate people forwarding me emails with everyone elses email attached, I have learnt how to delete them before forwarding for privacy and safety reasons.

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