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Microsoft Account Gets More Secure with Two Factor Authorization
ICYMI, your Microsoft Account will get more secure as the team rolls out a new upgrade which includes two-step verification, as noted on the Bing newswire . This will improve the security of the devices and services currently used by more than 700 million people worldwide, including Windows PCs, Phones...
17 Apr 2013
Whatever the case: Be prepared
So, this post has nothing to do with our technology, but as any IT Pro knows, you have to be prepared for just about anything. From time to time, I offer other advice that will hopefully ring true, and I think that this is such a case. Following the recent events in New Zealand and Japan, I thought to...
18 May 2011
Announcement: Microsoft Security Advisory 2490606: Vulnerability in Graphics Rendering Engine Could Allow Remote Code Execution
This just published on TechNet's Microsoft Security Advisories and notred on the MSRC Blog: details on Microsoft Security Advisory 2490606 , Vulnerability in Graphics Rendering Engine Could Allow Remote Code Execution... Microsoft is investigating new public reports of a vulnerability in the Windows...
4 Jan 2011
Announcement: security bulletin MS10-087 update for Microsoft Office
The Microsoft Malware Protection Center has a post noting security bulletin MS10-087 , which addresses a number of critical vulnerabilities in how Microsoft Office parses various office file formats. This was addressed in November, in the MS10-087 update . One of them is CVE-2010-3333 , "RTF Stack...
4 Jan 2011
Is that really an email from the EFPTS? Don't get caught buy a phishing attempt
So, you may be asking yourself: why is the EFTPS contacting me? And who the heck is EFTPS? It's likely a phishing atempt. The EFPTS is a service offered free by the U.S. Department of the Treasury to help business and individual taxpayers conveniently pay all their federal taxes electronically...
8 Nov 2010
Did you win £450,000 in a "Microsoft Lottery"? Think again: it's a phishing attempt
I was asked today… I received a message in my email on behalf of Microsoft from the National Lottery International [stating] "A certificate of winning and other certificates including your winning cheque of Four Hundred and Fifty Thousand Great Britain Pound Sterlings has been sent to us by the...
27 Jul 2010
Do you have strong passwords on your devices? Here's what to consider
A friend noted today that their online email account was compromised over the weekend. I thought about my post on creating strong passwords (and passphrases) in six easy steps , which is still relevant today… There's a good article that was recently posted on on the Microsoft Security At Home...
26 Jul 2010
Announcement: Advance notice for MS10-002 Internet Explorer out-of-band release MS10-002 with Q&A Webcast
Earlier this week, I posted a link to the Security Advisory 979352 Posted: Vulnerability in Internet Explorer Could Allow Remote Code Execution . As noted on the MSRC blog, there's an advance notification for an out-of-band release for MS10-002… "Today we issued our Advanced Notification Service...
21 Jan 2010
Announcement: Security Advisory 979682 Released for Elevation of Privilege (EoP) vulnerability in the Windows kernel
Yesterday, Jerry Bryant announced here on the MSRC blog that Security Advisory 979682 Released . Click on the link for the details: essentially Security Advisory 979682 addresses an Elevation of Privilege (EoP) vulnerability in the Windows kernel, affecting all currently supported versions of 32-bit...
21 Jan 2010
Security Advisory 979352 Posted: Vulnerability in Internet Explorer Could Allow Remote Code Execution
As noted in Mike Reavey's posts on The Microsoft blog and The Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) blog today , we have just released Security Advisory 979352 . Here's the detail from Mike Reavey's post … Based upon our investigations, we have determined that Internet Explorer was one of the vectors...
14 Jan 2010
A bit about BitLocker today on the Windows Team Blog
If there is data on your PC that you need to protect, BitLocker encryption can help to protect your files with encryption. (As noted on the Windows 7 site, BitLocker "helps keep everything from documents to passwords safer by encrypting the entire drive that Windows and your data reside on. Once...
7 Dec 2009
Black is not the new Blue this season: more on “Black Screen” issues and the Microsoft November Security Updates
Well, Black really isn't the new Blue this season, as some may have you believe. Over at the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) blog , Christopher posted a note on the reports of so-called “Black Screen” issues that some customers might have experienced with their systems as a result of issues...
1 Dec 2009
When it comes to PC security, don't be a victim... be a participant in your own rescue. Windows 7 can help, too.
As I Tweeted today, over the weekend I read Paul Cooke's Windows Security Blog post on Windows 7 Vulnerability Claims. (I've added a few links if the terms are unfamiliar to you.) "…most people don't knowingly have and run known malware on their system. Malware typically makes it onto a system through...
10 Nov 2009
Free download: Microsoft Security Essentials suite available now
Now available (US and Canada) is the new Microsoft Security Essentials suite , available for free, providing protection from viruses, spyware, and other malicious software for your PCs at home. Just installed the release version on my home PCs today. (Security Essentials will replace Windows Live OneCare...
30 Sep 2009
Announcement: Microsoft Security Essentials Beta now available
The Windows Security Essentials beta is now available for download on a new Microsoft site dedicated to Security Essentials. Windows Security Essentials will replace Windows Live OneCare. The new software package will provide a basic level of antimalware and virus protection, defenses against worms,...
23 Jun 2009
Download Windows 7 RC from a trusted source – via Microsoft –and avoid peer to Peer and save yourself the security risk
As I recommended today, friends don't let friends download bad things from peer to peer . So wait until the official downloads to the Release Candidate (RC) of Windows 7 are available. As noted online today, the Windows 7 RC posted today (April 30th) for TechNet and MSDN subscribers. Materials provided...
30 Apr 2009
Protect yourself from the Conficker computer worm
Of interest today: Learn about the Conficker computer worm on Microsoft.com. In short, most antivirus software could detect and prevent infection. Here's more info from the page Protect yourself from the Conficker computer worm : The Conficker worm is a computer worm that can infect your computer and...
31 Mar 2009
Concerned about online privacy? So is Microsoft's Peter Cullen. Actually, it's his job.
There's a new article and interview up on Microsoft PressPass with my friend and fellow Canuck Peter Cullen from Microsoft on Data Privacy Day & online privacy. (Also available at http://tinyurl.com/pcullen013009 .) The kids are in school today… did I miss a bank holiday somewhere? When asked...
30 Jan 2009
Advisory: Concerned about the Conficker worm? Run the Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool
I noted on Twitter today that @nytimesscience reported on Worm impacting computers around the world (as noted here by John Markoff , January 22, 2009)… "A new digital plague has hit the Internet, infecting millions of personal and business computers in what seems to be the first step of a...
23 Jan 2009
Did you win One Million Euros in a Microsoft Lottery? Think again: it's a phishing attempt
In the last few weeks, I've noticed an increase in phishing and email fraud as I noted a few days ago in my post The new year rings in another bonus: a rise in bogus electronic greeting cards . (More on what a phishing scam looks like is available here on Microsoft.com .) Although one Microsoft study...
16 Jan 2009
The new year rings in another bonus: a rise in bogus electronic greeting cards
It's that time of year again when fake online greeting cards increase in the daily Outlook mailbox and in web based mail as well). A common give away? The sender is often listed only by first name – no last name – and includes links to various e-card sites: this was from Michelle offering "Happy...
7 Jan 2009
PC Magazine: "It's all another reason why you're better off with Vista."
Going though customer and partner feedback today, I was interested to see this appear in my mailbox (thanks to the several people who forwarded this today), an excerpt from an article by Larry Seltzer on PC Magazine’s blog, Why Vista Looks Good After The MS08-067 RPC Bug - Security Watch ... One of the...
13 Nov 2008
Get an ecard today? Watch out for malware, viruses and poor spelling
Be alert as you read your mail today: fake ecards with loaded exe's are once again making the rounds... Oooh, look at the mail that's piling up: "You've received a greeting ecard" How exciting. Not. Today, several mails on my email accounts at home reportedly from greetingcard.org (which Outlook displayed...
26 Aug 2008
Of interest: Windows Live OneCare security suite to be included with many new PCs
Of interest... OneCare to be preinstalled in new PCs from several PC manufacturers... To address the growing security and management needs of today’s new PC user, Microsoft Corp. is working with 11 original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), including Sony Corporation of America and Toshiba Asia Pacific...
30 Jul 2008
Microsoft Security Advisory (956187): Increased threat for DNS spoofing vulnerability, and what you should do
As noted in this security advisory on TechNet ... Microsoft released Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-037 on July 8, 2008, offering security updates to protect customers against Windows Domain Name System (DNS) spoofing attacks. Microsoft is not currently aware of active attacks utilizing this exploit...
28 Jul 2008
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