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  • Blog Post: Download fix for Internet Explorer 8 vulnerability

    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 6, 7, 9 or 10, this issue will not affect you. ...
  • 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: Is your browser keeping you safer online?

    Research in the newly released Microsoft Security Intelligence Report Volume 11 reveals how social engineering techniques contribute to the spread of computer infections. Attacks that require user-interaction (social engineering) to spread accounted for 45% of the attacks analyzed in the report. In addition...
  • 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: Download fix for Internet Explorer

    Microsoft has updated guidance regarding a vulnerability in Windows (the issue resides in the MHTML protocol handler) through Security Advisory 2501696 to help protect against limited targeted attacks. Download and install the Fixit To help protect your computer, download and install the free...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer 9 protects against 99 percent of socially engineered malware

    The Internet Explorer 9 beta protects against 99 percent of “socially engineered malware,” according to independent researcher NSS Labs . What is socially engineered malware? Cybercriminals use socially engineered malware to gain access to your computer. According to NSS Labs, socially...
  • Blog Post: Safer surfing with SmartScreen

    The SmartScreen Filter is a feature in Internet Explorer 8 that helps detect fraudulent websites that might install malicious software onto your computer or try to trick you into turning over personal information. What does is mean when a website is blocked and flagged in red as a reported unsafe...
  • Blog Post: Hey! Did MSN hijack my browser?

    Did your home page or search page suddenly change to MSN or another Microsoft website? If you use Microsoft Security Essentials , Windows Defender, the Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool , or other anti-malware software from Microsoft, these tools might have detected browser hijacking software...
  • Blog Post: Four steps to protect yourself online

    The National Cyber Security Alliance recently hosted a discussion about the role of the individual in computer security . Representatives from Microsoft and other companies agreed that businesses are responsible for providing security tools in addition to education and they discussed the steps that individuals...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer 8 helps protect against “tabnabbing”

    Most of us know that we should keep our passwords and other credentials a secret. However, it’s easy for cybercriminals to create a " spoof ", a copy of a familiar website. You might think you’re entering your credentials into your web-based email accounts, social networking sites, or bank...
  • 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: Upgrade to Internet Explorer 8 to help protect your computer

    Microsoft has determined that one of the technologies used in the recent criminal attacks against Google and other corporate networks was Internet Explorer 6. Customers using Internet Explorer 8 are not affected by currently known attacks. We recommend that anyone not already using Internet Explorer...
  • Blog Post: Products that help protect you from fraud

    Identity theft is on the rise and The New York Times recently reviewed several new products that might help protect against this kind of fraud. Some new services will notify you if a credit card or change of address form has been filed with your name. Others let you find out if your sensitive personal...
  • Blog Post: Control your search history with Bing

    Bing is the new decision engine from Microsoft. A decision engine is like a search engine that harnesses the information on the Web to help you make better decisions about things like travel reservations, shopping online, your health, and more. If you use Bing on a public computer or on your family...
  • 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: Internet Explorer 8: Stay safer online

    Want to learn how the latest Web browser from Microsoft offers increased protection against phishing, malware, and other online threats? Download this white paper about the new safety features in Internet Explorer 8 . Internet Explorer 8 provides you and your family with a safer online experience...
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