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  • Blog Post: Tax scams: 6 ways to help protect yourself

    We’ve received reports that cybercriminals are at it again, luring unsuspecting taxpayers in the United States into handing over their personal information as they rush to file their taxes before the deadline. Here are 6 ways to help protect yourself. 1. Beware of all email, text, or social...
  • Blog Post: Download security update for Internet Explorer

    Today Microsoft released a security update for Internet Explorer. To help protect your computer, visit Windows Update to download and install the update and ensure that you have automatic updating turned on. Note: This update replaces the Fix it that we posted earlier this week. If you install this...
  • Blog Post: “Fix it” available for Internet Explorer

    Today we released a downloadable tool called a “Fix it” for Internet Explorer that we mentioned in this blog yesterday . On September 21, we will release a cumulative update for Internet Explorer through Windows Update . We recommend that you install this update immediately. If you have...
  • Blog Post: Recent Internet Explorer advisory

    Microsoft released Security Advisory 2757760 yesterday about an issue in Internet Explorer. The Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) is actively monitoring the situation and so far the issue has impacted only an extremely limited number of people. For more information, see Microsoft Releases...
  • Blog Post: Download free security updates for August

    Microsoft releases security updates on the second Tuesday of every month. The bulletin announces the release of 9 security updates: 6 updates for Microsoft Windows 2 update for Microsoft Office 1 update for Internet Explorer Get the updates . Watch a video about the updates ....
  • Blog Post: Download free security updates for July

    Microsoft releases security updates on the second Tuesday of every month. The bulletin announces the release of 9 security updates: 5 updates for Microsoft Windows 3 updates for Microsoft Office 1 update for Internet Explorer Get the updates . Watch a video about the updates ...
  • Blog Post: How to change your home page

    Your Internet Explorer home page (that is, the first page you seen when you open Internet Explorer) can be set to any webpage you want. Follow the instructions below to set your home page to one you like. Note, though, that if your Internet Explorer home page has suddenly and inexplicably changed to...
  • Blog Post: Should I surf the Web in Protected Mode?

    When you use Internet Explorer 8 and Internet Explorer 7 you can help protect your computer from viruses , spyware , and other malicious software by surfing the Web in Protected Mode. Protected Mode is always automatically active. You can check your status bar on the bottom of your Internet Explorer...
  • Blog Post: Download out-of-band security update for all versions of Internet Explorer

    Today Microsoft released an out-of-band security update for all versions of Internet Explorer . Most security updates are released on the second Tuesday of the month. Out-of-band security updates are released before or after a regular monthly update release to address a time-sensitive security issue...
  • Blog Post: Get the latest security updates for Internet Explorer and Visual Studio

    Today Microsoft released 2 out-of-band security updates: MS09-034 - addresses a vulnerability in Microsoft Internet Explorer (KB 972260) MS09-035 - addresses a vulnerability in Microsoft Visual Studio (KB 969706) Everyone should get the update for Internet Explorer. Developers should...
  • Blog Post: Download urgent security update for Internet Explorer

    Today Microsoft released an urgent security update for Internet Explorer. Because the flaw may expose computers to remote code execution, the severity rating for this security update is critical. From the moment we learned of the issue, Microsoft has been working around the clock to respond to...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer goes green for "go"

    If you use the latest version of Internet Explorer, you might have noticed that occasionally your address bar turns green, especially when you're about to enter your credit card number. In Internet Explorer, a green address bar means that the site that you're on uses Extended Validation (EV...
  • Blog Post: 5 tips for a safe and happy holiday shopping season

    Holiday shopping online is a great way to save time and sometimes money—as long as you take a few precautions to protect yourself from phishing scams and identity theft. Here are five tips for safer shopping on the Internet. 1. Use an updated Web browser. Internet Explorer 7 contains many new features...
  • Blog Post: Security updates for August 2008

    Today Microsoft released 11 new security bulletins for Microsoft Windows, Windows Messenger, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Access, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Microsoft Excel. To get the updates, go to the Microsoft Update Web site . To get updates automatically from now on, turn on automatic updating...
  • Blog Post: What is a Windows Live ID?

    A Windows Live ID is your e-mail address and a password that you choose. After you've signed up for a Windows Live ID, you can use it on Windows Live sites like Windows Live Hotmail, Windows Live Messenger, Office Live, Xbox Live, and more. To get tips on how to choose a strong password and how to...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer helps protect you when you file your taxes

    This year experts predict that scammers will try to take advantage of people who file their taxes online. If you use common sense when it comes to offers that sound too good to be true, you can help avoid many different types of fraud. Internet Explorer 7 can also help protect your personal information...
  • Blog Post: More ways to protect yourself in 2008

    Last month we told you about predicted Internet security threats for the coming year . We also told you that the most basic ways to protect yourself were by: · Turning on your firewall , · Turning on automatic updates , · Using updated antivirus software , and · Using updated antispyware...
  • Blog Post: Typos can cost you

    Here's another scam you might want to know about. If you accidentally type the wrong Internet address into your Web browser, you could end up on a site where you might be tricked into entering personal information that could be used to steal your identity or commit other kinds of fraud. This...
  • Blog Post: Approach links in e-mail with caution

    One of the most important rules in computer security is Don't open e-mail attachments . But recently, we've seen more malicious links in e-mail messages. These links might look genuine, but they could be forged. Here are some tips to help you make the most of your e-mail without compromising...
  • Blog Post: Need a job? Don't fall for a scam

    The Internet is a great place to start your job search and post your résumé—but beware of online scammers. Scammers target popular job search Web sites with malicious software that infiltrates databases and allows criminals to access personal information of job applicants. Some scammers also pose...
  • Blog Post: How to report fraudulent e-mail messages that use the Microsoft name and logo

    If you've been keeping up with Security Tips & Talk, you know that phishing scams are fraudulent e-mail messages or Web sites that try to fool you into filling out forms. Phishers use the information you enter to steal your identity.     If you think you have received a phishing e-mail message...
  • Blog Post: Why do I need anti-phishing detection in my e-mail and on my Web browser?

    By now you've probably heard about the rise of identity theft on the Internet. One of the most common forms of fraud is called a phishing scam. What is a phishing scam? Phishing scams are fraudulent e-mail or Web sites that try to fool you into filling out forms that could be used to steal your...
  • Blog Post: Kill pop-up ads

    You're happily surfing the Web when suddenly a barrage of annoying advertisements in tiny windows covers the screen. How annoying. What's so bad about pop-up ads? Advertisements that pop up in small windows on your screen aren’t just annoying: they can slow down or even damage your computer. ...
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