Members of the Armed Forces and DoD Civilians can take advantage of a free license for McAfee Antivirus in 2018. This program, offered by the Defense Information Systems Agency, or DISA, allows for members of the DoD to protect their home computers. At this time, DoD Contractors are not able to participate in this program.
I have personally used this McAfee program for years. In addition to the virus scanning capabilities, this software can scan installed programs on your computer to let you know if they have updates available. This is critical as malware attempt to exploit computers with old versions of software.
To get started, please follow this link which will take you to the DISA site. Once there, click on the link for “McAfee Home Use Instructions.” You will be required to log on with your CAC.
If you need help to get your CAC to work on your home computer, read this article.
After you have completed the CAC login, you will be at the DoD Patch Repository. At this page, you will see a link for a file called “CM-226817-McAfee_AV_HUP_16FEB2018.docx.” Click on that link to open the document.
Within the document, you will find the URL for both PC and iOS versions of the McAfee Antivirus. Additionally, you receive the company codes needed for the installation.
Once you navigate to the URL within the document, you will see the above page. Enter in the code obtained from the document from the DISA site and your email address. After the form is completed, click on “Get Email.”
Check your email for further directions from McAfee on how to get the software. Remember, this is for your home computer so do not install the software on your government computer.
Warning: Kaspersky Labs
Just caveat when it comes to antivirus software, don’t use products from Kaspersky Labs. Numerous cybersecurity professionals have warned that the Russian Government may be able to commit espionage on computers with Kaspersky Labs products installed on them.
If you currently have Kaspersky products, you now have an alternative to protect yourself from prying eyes.