Security Tips & Talk

Tips about computer security, online safety, and privacy

January, 2012

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    Don’t be fooled by fake Halo 4 beta sites

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    Microsoft’s Halo 4 Xbox video game won’t be released until December 2012, but some scammers are already launching fake Halo 4 beta websites designed to trick you into giving away your personal information or installing malicious software....
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    Don’t let phishing threaten your small business

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    We recently received this message from a small business owner: I am stunned by the number of fake emails I get through my store’s email system, and some of them are quite sophisticated. I get them all the time from “UPS,” the “Better...
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    What’s your online reputation?

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    Most of us put a boundary between our personal and professional lives. Online that’s not easy to do. In the Official Microsoft blog, Brendon Lynch, Microsoft Chief Privacy Officer , writes, “Every piece of personal information that exists...
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    Income tax scams already!?

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    You’d have to be a real early bird to be expecting your income tax return in the United States already. And yet, we’ve begun to see phishing scams that appear to come from support@irs.gov and offer links where you can check the status of your...
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    Why Trustworthy Computing is still a Microsoft priority

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    Ten years ago this week, Bill Gates sent a memo to all Microsoft employees announcing the Trustworthy Computing (TwC) initiative and defining the key aspects of TwC. Gates wrote: “Trustworthy Computing is computing that is as available, reliable...
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    Resolve to help protect your PC

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    You can help protect yourself and your family from identity theft, fraud, viruses, dangerous email, and more, with these ten New Year’s resolutions: Keep all software (including your web browser) current with automatic updating . Install...
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    Free security updates for January

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    Microsoft releases security updates on the second Tuesday of every month. Today Microsoft released 7 security updates: 6 updates for Microsoft Windows 1 update for ASP.NET Get the updates . Download a video about the updates . To...
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    Beware of Ransomware

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    Cybercriminals use social engineering to prey on our weaknesses. Sometimes they take advantage of our goodwill towards others, like in the “I’ve been mugged scam” I wrote about in a recent blog post . More often they try to trick us...
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    Make room for your new PC, laptop, or Xbox

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    Did you get a new computer or gaming system for the holidays and you want to get rid of your old one? Make sure you clear all the old files from your old PC before you recycle it. That way, if it falls into the wrong hands, a criminal won’t be able...
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