Software for Military Service Members
Due to the longstanding business relationship between the US Military and many software and hardware vendors, there are numerous deeply discounted and free products available to US Military Personnel for use on their home PCs.
For the websites marked as (.Mil only), you will need to log on to those websites from a military internet connection (NIPR) in order to access the free downloads. At that point your best bet is to burn the files to a CD or DVD-ROM and take them home to install. Depending on your Command and where your work PC is located, you may have other rules and procedures you will have to follow in order to transfer data to a CD or DVD-ROM – please follow established security guidelines.
Often, the Computer Section of your Command (A-6, S-6, N-6 or J-6) will have pre-made disks with all of the government enterprise antivirus software tools already burned to it and all you need is to pick up the disk and take it home. Inquire at your Computer Section.
Note: to access many of these links, you must be on a “.Mil” workstation
Anti-Spyware Software (.Mil only)
The US Military acknowledges that US Military Personnel may use their home PCs for work purposes and may be bringing removable (unclassified) media to and from home in support of their duties. Therefore, the Department of Defense offers free antivirus licenses to all Military Personnel to be installed on their home PCs.
The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has licensed free anti-spyware software for all government employees and armed forces personnel for use on personal computer systems. To download the free anti-spyware software, go to the DISA Web site, or the Navy’s Information Assurance Web site. At the INFOSEC site, click on the COMPUSEC tools tab and scroll down to the anti-spyware link, second from the top. The software can then be saved a local hard drive for writing on a CD-ROM or other portable media for home use. Users must be on a “.mil” workstation to download the software.
For more information about spyware and other computer security threats, call the NCDOC 24/7 hotline at 1-888-NAVCDOC.
JTF-GNO Website (.Mil only)
JTF-GNO (Joint Task Force – Global Network Operations) offers McAfee, Norton, and Trend Micro software downloads. Antivirus software is available free to DoD military and civilian employees (excluding contractors) for home use. Qualified employees can download the software from the JTF-GNO website: https://www.jtfgno.mil/antivirus/home_use.htm . The download site is restricted to computers originating from .mil domains only. Free software includes updates for Windows Vista operating system. For Windows Vista compatibility, make sure you download Norton Antivirus Corporate Edition 10.2 or later along with the appropriate Vista patch (available from the above website).
Anti-Virus Software (.Mil only)
The DoD has renewed the software license agreements for use of the McAfee and Symantec Norton Computer Anti-Virus (AV) software products. Detailed information regarding the software licenses can be found on the Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization (DITCO) web site at http://www.ditco.disa.mil/asp/ncr/dodav97.asp (current as of 20 Sep 1999).
DOD users and network administrators (with “.mil” IP addresses) can get more information, virus bulletins, and software downloads from the DOD CERT (Computer Emergency Response Team) web site operated by DISA at http://www.cert.mil/antivirus/antivirus_index.htm .
Information and anti-virus software downloads may also be obtained from the Army Computer Emergency Response Team (ACERT) if your computer is registered as a host in the army.mil domain. If it is not registered in the army.mil domain, you will not be able to access the ACERT web site. Information about registering a host computer in the army.mil domain can be obtained from the Department of Defense Network Information Center web site by following the link to NIPRNET.
Navy INFOSEC Website (.Mil only)
The following software licenses include home use for all DoD employees, including military service members and authorized civilians. Military personnel taking work home, and then returning to the office with infected files, had previously been identified as a primary means of entry for viruses attacking government computer systems.
The antivirus software can only be downloaded from a computer with a “.mil” or “.gov” domain address. (A small group of users with an authorized DoD “PKI” digital certificate may download the software from any computer.) Sailors then save the software to any form of portable media, such as CD, thumb drive or zip disk to bring to their home computers for installation. Most Navy and Marine Corps Intranet computers include a CD burner, and all have USB ports for attaching some form of portable drive.
The Infosec Web site at https://infosec.navy.mil has complete instructions that guide users to select the most appropriate software package. Antivirus software from all three vendors is available for nearly all versions of both Windows and Apple operating systems, as well as many other rare operating systems and handheld devices.
Microsoft Military Software Discounts
The US Army and US Air Force have signed contracts with Microsoft to allow military service members to purchase Microsoft software for home use at special discount prices. Through the Army and Air Force Microsoft Home Use Program and the Employee Purchase Program, servicemembers enter their military email address and discount code (corresponding their unit/location) and can then order the Microsoft software such as Office 2010 Professional for about $20. Check out the military computer discounts website for more details.
Check out the online discounts and coupons for Apple Computer, Dell, HP, IBM, and Microsoft specially provided to our military service members. Military discounts on computer hardware, software & peripherals!
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