Security Tips & Talk

Tips about computer security, online safety, and privacy

May, 2012

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    Don’t click text message spam

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    Several readers have contacted us lately about suspicious text messages that they’ve received on their smart phones. Some of these messages appear to be from Microsoft , Starbucks, Best Buy, or other well-known companies and are designed to trick...
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    Protect your PC from the latest threats

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    Since the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report was released last month, we’ve been discussing some of the findings here, including research on the Conficker worm and the prevalence of rogue security software called scareware . Here are three...
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    How to spot fraudulent tech support phone calls

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    Betty writes: I just received a call from a guy who said that my Windows was infected. He wanted me to sit in front of my computer while he fixed it. He became angry when I told him no and I hung up. Thanks for writing, Betty. This type of call...
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    FBI warns against hotel net connections

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    The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) issued a warning earlier this month that travelers should be careful using Internet connections in hotels. Some travelers had inadvertently downloaded malicious software onto their computers when they accepted...
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    4 signs of scareware

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    “Scareware” is fake anti-virus software (also called “rogue security software”) that cybercriminals trick you into paying for or trick you into downloading along with malicious software. According to the latest Security Intelligence...
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    Why location services matter

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    Mobile services (often called “geolocation” services) now have the ability to track and share our location with friends. Location positioning services can help you find local movie times, weather, or directions to the nearest coffee shop....
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    Protect your PC from the Conficker worm

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    The most recent Microsoft Security Intelligence Reports (SIR) describes the ongoing threat of the Conficker worm and urges businesses and individuals to apply security updates. Microsoft first recognized the Conficker threat in November 2008 and since...
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    Download free security updates for May

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    Microsoft releases security updates on the second Tuesday of every month. The bulletin announces the release of 7 security updates: 2 updates for Microsoft Windows only 3 updates for Microsoft Office only 1 update for Microsoft .NET Framework...
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    Get advance notice about May security updates

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    Yesterday the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) posted details about the May security updates . On Tuesday, May 8 at approximately 10 AM Pacific Time Microsoft will release 7 bulletins. The easiest way to get the updates when they're available...
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    Read the latest Security Intelligence Report

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    Last week Microsoft released Volume 12 of the Security Intelligence Report (SIR) which covers our research of software vulnerabilities, exploits, and malicious and potentially unwanted software from July – December 2011. One of the main focuses...
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