FREE, proven software for home-use to help protect you. Alternatively you may choose to buy more fully-featured versions.

Avast Anti-Virus software
Free anti-virus for home use only

Lavasoft Anti-Spyware software
Free spyware protection and anti-virus for home use only

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software
Free malware protection

Additional information on online security and identity theft can be found in many places on the Internet. Google the words "online identity theft" to get more information. Some major websites dealing with the subject are listed below.

Anti-Phishing Working Group
Identity Theft Resource Centre
Better Business Bureau
US Government
Government of Canada - Consumer Measures Committee
Privacy Commissioner of Canada