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Free anti-virus software available on AF Portal

Members of Homestead Air Reserve Base can take advantage of free anti-virus software being offered on the Air Force Portal. Service members can log in to the Air Force Portal and click on the tab labeled “home software use” on the left. In this area, there will be a listing of Air force partners who have agreed to provide software or hardware for free or at a discounted price. Among them is the McAfee Internet Security anti-virus.  This is the same anti-virus available and in use throughout the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force graphic/Ross Tweten)

Members of Homestead Air Reserve Base can take advantage of free anti-virus software being offered on the Air Force Portal. Service members can log in to the Air Force Portal and click on the tab labeled “home software use” on the left. In this area, there will be a listing of Air force partners who have agreed to provide software or hardware for free or at a discounted price. Among them is the McAfee Internet Security anti-virus. This is the same anti-virus available and in use throughout the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force graphic/Ross Tweten)

HOMESTEAD AIR RESERVE BASE, Fla. -- Members of Homestead Air Reserve Base can take advantage of free anti-virus software being offered on the Air Force Portal.

"Anti-virus protection is crucial for everyone's computer safety," said Staff Sgt. Emir Goenaga, 482nd Communications Squadron lead client systems technician.

Not only is the anti-virus software available to Homestead Airmen, it's available to all Airmen throughout the Air Force. Homestead ARB has recently made it easier to access the software with a link on the Air Force Portal. Service members log in to the Air Force Portal and click on the tab labeled "home software use" on the left. In this area, there will be a listing of Air force partners who have agreed to provide software or hardware for free or at a discounted price. Among them is the McAfee Internet Security anti-virus. This is the same anti-virus available and in use throughout the Air Force.

Other programs and software available are Microsoft Office as well as Dell, Apple, IBM and Lenovo products at employee pricing.

According to Goenaga, anti-virus software help keep computers safe. When a virus takes over a computer, it can corrupt all the files. A user's data says everything about them, which can be especially dangerous and lead to stolen identities. Furthermore, anti-virus software scan any outgoing mail and files to prevent the user from accidentally spreading viruses themselves.

"These offers have been around a while, but it's important to spread the word," said Goenaga. "The home software use tab on the portal has made it even easier to locate the anti-virus software and make people aware of this great opportunity."