Security Tips & Talk

Tips about computer security, online safety, and privacy

May, 2013

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    How to combat tech support phone scams

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    Nana writes: “I received a telephone call at home from a person claiming to be from “Microsoft Operating Systems.” He had an urgent need to "fix" a virus. I had trouble understanding him, and when I starting asking questions, he got...
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    8 files you don’t want to open

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    A few months ago, we warned you about fake Java updates and suggested that the best thing you could do to protect yourself was to keep all of your software updated. One way criminals take advantage of software that isn’t updated is to craft PDF...
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    Free tool helps prevent viruses

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    One of the best defenses against viruses and other kinds of malicious software is ensuring that all of your built-in security settings are turned on and running smoothly. Microsoft offers a free tool that will help diagnose and fix Windows security...
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    Get security updates for May 2013

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    Microsoft releases security updates on the second Tuesday of every month. Skip the details and go to Microsoft Update to download the latest updates. This bulletin announces the release of 10 security updates for Windows, Internet Explorer, .NET...
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    Download fix for Internet Explorer 8 vulnerability

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    For years, hackers have targeted computer users by infecting websites. And based on recent reports, we have confirmed that cyber criminals are up to the same, no good behavior—this time targeting Internet Explorer 8. If you use Internet Explorer...
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    Get advance notice about May 2013 security updates

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    Today the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) posted details about the May security updates. On Tuesday, May 14 at approximately 10 AM Pacific Time Microsoft will release 10 bulletins. The easiest way to get the updates when they're available...
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    Privacy is our priority

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    Microsoft has long believed that you should get to decide what information you share online and what you keep private. That’s why we've made privacy settings for our products a priority. Learn how Microsoft can help you protect your online privacy...
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    Help your mother be safer online

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    A great Mother’s Day gift idea: help your mom guard against viruses , fraud , and identity theft . Unless she's a super geek or an IT professional (or both), we know she’ll appreciate it. Make sure that your mother: Has antivirus...
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    Graduate to better social media sharing

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    Around the world, we’re celebrating graduates of high school, college, and even grade school. Whatever the occasion for celebration, keep in mind these tips for social media sharing: Be mindful of your online image. Remember that blog posts...
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    Mobile phone manners and safety habits

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    Last month we asked you to tell us your mobile phone pet peeves. The results are in, and 44 percent of you listed “constant phone checking” as one of the most annoying behavior among your smartphone-wielding friends. See the rest of the...
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