Security Tips & Talk

Tips about computer security, online safety, and privacy

September, 2011

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    Rustock: civil case closed

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    Microsoft has officially announced that our civil case against the operators of the Rustock botnet (a major source of spam) has been closed and our teams have turned over the information we’ve gathered to the FBI. The Rustock botnet is considered...
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    Do you use parental controls?

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    If you’re a parent, guardian, or a caregiver for kids, parental controls can help you control the content that your kids see on the Internet or on their Xbox. You can use parental controls to help support your own house rules and you can even customize...
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    Windows 8: Updated security features

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    To get an engineer’s perspective about how Microsoft SmartScreen and Windows Defender will function in the next version of the Windows operating system, read Building Windows 8: Protecting you from malware or watch the video below.
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    Recover your Hotmail account

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    We recently received this email: “My Hotmail account was hacked and taken over by the classic ‘I'm in London and I’ve been mugged’ scam . It appears that the hacker has changed the basic verification information on the account...
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    Remove personal files from your PC

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    Last month, we told you how to recycle an old PC more safely. We suggested that you use an authorized refurbisher or disk-cleaning software to make sure that all of your personal information was removed from your computer before you gave it away. Since...
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    Security updates for September 2011

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    Microsoft releases security updates on the second Tuesday of every month. Today Microsoft released 5 security updates. 2 updates for Microsoft Windows 1 update for Microsoft Office 1 update for Microsoft Excel 1 update for Microsoft SharePoint...
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    Security updates for September: Get advance notice

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    Today the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) posted details about the September security updates . On Tuesday, September 13, 2011, at approximately 10 AM Pacific Time, Microsoft will release 5 bulletins. The easiest way to get security updates...
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    Microsoft launches digital citizenship resources

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    Digital citizenship is usually defined as a set of standards of behavior for technology use. Adults, teens, and even younger children can learn how to be good digital citizens. On September 8, 2011 Microsoft released a white paper about digital citizenship...
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    Should I use user accounts?

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    Create multiple user accounts to increase your online security and your family’s privacy. We recommend that you create a standard user account and log on with that account, rather than an administrator account , even if you’re the only...
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    Latest privacy and online safety tweets

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    The Microsoft Privacy Team and the Microsoft Online Safety Team have gathered all the latest news in privacy and online safety, so you don’t have to. If you like what you see below, follow @MSFTPrivacy and @Safer_Online . Microsoft’s...
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