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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Security Essentials for Small Business

    Eric Ligman announced today that Microsoft Security Essentials will be available to small business for free in October. I use Microsoft Security Essentials on all the machines in my house and it’s saved our bacon a number of times. Check out Eric’s post on the solution for small business and the other...
  • Blog Post: Free e-book Writing Secure Code for Windows Vista

    I was technical editor of the second edition of Writing Secure Code and I'm really proud of that fact. This is a great offer. Enjoy! Microsoft Press - Writing Secure Code for Windows Vista Celebrating 25 years For 25 years, Microsoft Press books have focused on helping you take your skills and knowledge...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Security Threat Research

    One of the things you need to do to keep your software safe is to be aware of trends and vulnerabilities that are currently being exploited by attackers. Today I followed a link to the Microsoft Malware Protection Center from one of my friends on Twitter. Excellent find. This is a fantastic resource...
  • Blog Post: PDC 2005 Security Symposium

    Today we posted a page with information about the PDC 2005 Security Symposium (Friday, September 16th at the PDC). This is a great opportunity to hear some of the top security people from Microsoft discuss security issues. Here's the link to the page: Security Developer Center: PDC 2005 Security...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Brings .NET to Katrina Relief Effort

    Good story in eWeek about some of the Microsoft efforts around Katrina. Microsoft Brings .NET to Katrina Relief Effort A group of Microsoft technologists quickly deployed to contribute their time and talent to the relief effort, and decided to develop a Web site and supporting applications to...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Response to Hurricane Katrina

    The Microsoft Disaster Relief Page was updated tonight with a statement about Hurricane Katrina. Microsoft Response to Hurricane Katrina Published: August 31, 2005 Every one of us at Microsoft is deeply saddened by the destruction of property and personal lives in the wake of Hurricane Katrina...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2003 R2 RC 0

    Windows Server 2003 R2 RC 0 is available for download. You can get more information here: Windows Server 2003 R2 Release Candidate 0 Try Windows Server 2003 R2 RC0 today and extend your connectivity and control to data and applications throughout and beyond your organization. This page contains...
  • Blog Post: Understanding Security in IE 6

    The IE team has published a new whitepaper describing IE 6 security. Get it here: Understanding Security in Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 in Windows XP SP2 Web browser security is a major concern for individuals and organizations. Each time a new vulnerability is found, news headlines proclaim...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2005 Launch Information

    DevDiv VP Somasegar has posted information about the Visual Studio 2005 launch. Check it out here: Visual Studio 2005 update We are now about 77 days from the November 7, 2005 launch of Visual Studio 2005, one of the most significant releases in the history of the Developer Division. We have been...
  • Blog Post: Visio Connector Updated for MBSA 2.0

    I've blogged before about the Visio Connector for MBSA. Well, I ran into Sanjay Puri a while back and he let me know that this tool has been updated for MBSA 2.0. Here's a link to the download and the details: Visio Connector for Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) The Visio Connector for...
  • Blog Post: Information on Win32/Zotob.A

    Stepto posted information today around the Win32/Zotob.A worm. Here's a link to his post: Guidance pages and information on Worm:Win32/Zotob.A Ok, earlier this morning we activated our Software Security Incident Reponse Process to respond to a malicious attack known as Worm:Win32/Zotob.A. Our investigation...
  • Blog Post: WinFX Beta 1 SDK Available

    In my ongoing effort to link to every SDK in the world, here's the WinFX Beta 1 SDK for your coding pleasure. Microsoft® WinFX ™ Software Development Kit for Microsoft® Pre-Release Windows Operating System Code-Named "Longhorn", Beta 1 Web Setup The WinFX SDK contains documentation, samples and tools...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Developer Center is Live!

    After a flurry of hard work by people from all over Microsoft, we propped the Windows Vista Developer Center today. Get the details here: Microsoft Windows Vista Developer Center Windows Vista introduces breakthroughs in user experience, security and reliability, enabling you to build applications...
  • Blog Post: Windows OneCare Live Beta

    Good stuff. Get the details here: Windows OneCare Live Home Dont have the time or technical expertise to secure and manage a computer on a daily basis? Windows OneCare is a comprehensive PC health service that helps make your PC experience hassle-free.
  • Blog Post: Can you Spot the Bug?

    Microsoft Product Manager for Developer Security Rick Samona , with the help of Foundstone , has created a new feature for the Security Developer Center called Spot the Bug. The way this works is that Rick will post a new bug in his blog every so often and you can take a shot at guessing the bug in the...
  • Blog Post: Kim Komando on the Shared Computer Toolkit

    Kim Komando has nice little writeup of the Microsoft Shared Computer Toolkit for Windows XP in USA Today. Check it out: Microsoft tool secures shared computers ... With the Shared Computer Toolkit, you can customize restrictions for different Windows accounts, which is especially handy if you have...
  • Blog Post: Tech-Ed 2005 Orlando Webcasts Online

    If you missed Tech-Ed in Orlando, many of the sessions are now available online. Check out the site here: Tech-Ed 2005 Webcast Series Did you miss a breakout session at Microsoft Tech·Ed 2005 in Orlando, Florida, or have co-workers who could not attend? Tune in to our "best of" Tech·Ed...
  • Blog Post: Patterns and Practices Live

    I wasn't aware that the Patterns and Practices group was doing a regular weekly webcast. You can get the details here: Patterns and Practices Live Let's face it, some webcasts are just plain boring while others are nothing but fluff. There's one thing you can say for sure about our webcasts - they...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Shared Computer Toolkit

    I'm getting a demo today of the Microsoft Shared Computer Toolkit. This looks like an awesome solution for locking down a multi-user machine. Check out the details and the download here: Microsoft Shared Computer Toolkit Microsoft created the Shared Computer Toolkit to help make shared computers...
  • Blog Post: Steve Riley on RDP and Authentication

    Steve Riley has posted a link to some information about RDP security over the Internet. Check it out here: Securing Terminal Services over the Internet In the discussion on TS over the Internet, I failed to mention a very important bit. There is no mechanism built into RDP to authenticate the server...
  • Blog Post: Log Parser

    I was playing with Log Parser tonight and I did a search to see what I may have said about it in my blog. I was surprised to find that I haven't mentioned it at all. If you haven't used Log Parser before, it's a great way to analyze security and other data on your machines. You'll find a folder full...
  • Blog Post: New security guidance from MSS

    Microsoft Solutions for Security (MSS), put out a ton of great security guidance last week. I'll try to headline some of this on MSDN, but I wanted to get out the complete list for those interested. The Services and Service Accounts Security Planning Guide This guide addresses the common problem of...
  • Blog Post: Security Updates for June

    We released a number of Security Bulletins today. It looks like three critical, four moderate, and three important. Here's a link to the summary: Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for June, 2005 For a quick overview, you can scan the descriptions on the Security Bulletin Search page.
  • Blog Post: Spring Issue TechNet Magazine

    I finally got around to looking at the latest issue of TechNet Magazine . As usual, lots of great information, like this article about locking down your system: 10 Easy Ways To Lock Down Your Computer Here are 10 important Group Policy settings you can start using for more secure user passwords...
  • Blog Post: patterns and practices Security Wiki

    The PAG team has a new security wiki up on Channel 9. Check it out here: Welcome to the patterns & practices Security Wiki Welcome to the patterns & practices Security Wiki. This is where we think out loud. Here youll find emerging practices, guidance for application scenarios, security engineering...
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