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  • Blog Post: Top 10 security stories of 2012

    From the latest scams and fraud to how, when, and why to update your computer, here are the stories that you viewed and clicked on the most this year. Download security update for Internet Explorer . In September, Microsoft released a security update for Internet Explorer. To help protect your computer...
  • Blog Post: Shop online with care this holiday season

    Holiday shopping is in full swing and so are the scams. The following tips can help you stay safe when you shop online. Use a modern browser. Internet Explorer 9 and Internet Explorer 10 (available with Windows 8) include the SmartScreen filter. SmartScreen helps protect you from fraudulent shopping...
  • Blog Post: Manage your privacy settings in one place

    You will now find it easier to manage privacy settings in Internet Explorer, Xbox, and other selected Microsoft products. You can also review Microsoft privacy statements , view and edit your personal data dashboard , and learn about privacy features . Control your privacy settings.
  • 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 do I know if I’m running the newest version of Internet Explorer?

    Alan asks: “How do I know if I’m running the latest version of Internet Explorer?” To check which version of Internet Explorer you’re using: Open Internet Explorer by clicking the Start button and then clicking Internet Explorer . Press ALT+H, and then click About...
  • Blog Post: Get advance notice about June security updates

    Today the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) posted details about the June security updates . On Tuesday, June 12 at approximately 10 AM Pacific Time Microsoft will release 8 bulletins. The easiest way to get the updates when they're available is to turn on Windows automatic updating . For...
  • Blog Post: Should I upgrade my web browser?

    A reader asks: “When should I upgrade my web browser?” If you browse the web with Internet Explorer, you should be using the most current version, which is Internet Explorer 9. It’s free and easy to upgrade. We suggest that you do it now. Download Internet Explorer 9 . Internet...
  • Blog Post: Report scams in Hotmail, Xbox, and more

    If you think you’re a target of a phishing scam or other fraud in an email, Xbox instant message, or on a website, you can report it. Most Microsoft products have built-in tools that make this easier. Hotmail. If you receive a suspicious email message that asks for personal information, click...
  • Blog Post: Protect yourself from online tracking

    Third-party websites have the ability to track your online behavior and share this information without your knowledge or consent. Tracking Protection , a new feature in Internet Explorer 9 , lets you choose which third-party sites can receive your information and track you online. When you add a Tracking...
  • Blog Post: Update your browser

    If you have automatic updating turned on and you’re not using the latest version of Internet Explorer that works on your computer, Windows Update will automatically upgrade you this month. Internet Explorer 9 is Microsoft's latest web browser with even more security features, but you can opt-out...
  • Blog Post: Tips to help you stay safer when you shop online (part 1 of 3)

    Whether you start your holiday shopping on Black Friday, Cyber Monday, or right now, here are three tips to help you avoid scams and fraudulent websites when you buy gifts online. This is part one in a three part series. Read part two and part three . And if we missed something, let us know in our...
  • 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: Internet Explorer blocks more malware

    The independent security research and testing organization, NSS Labs , just released two reports that say Internet Explorer leads the field in protection against socially engineered malware, specifically fake links that you might see in an email or on your social networking site. According to the...
  • Blog Post: Are my add-ons worth it?

    If you use Internet Explorer 9 , you’ve probably noticed the new yellow notification bar. One of the things the notification bar tells you is that an add-on might slow down your computer’s performance. The notification also tells you how to disable the add-on or fix the problem. ...
  • 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: Get faster, better malware protection

    You’ve probably been in this situation before: either your browser seems to throw up a warning for every link you click, or it doesn’t display any warnings at all. Internet Explorer 9 provides a more thoughtful warning system for potentially dangerous downloads. The system uses available...
  • Blog Post: Http vs. Https: What’s the difference?

    A blog reader recently wrote in: "A Facebook friend just told me that if the web browser says http:// and not https:// that my security is compromised. Is this true? How can I fix it?" Your friend is right. Sort of. If you're just browsing the web and not entering any sensitive information...
  • Blog Post: Are Internet Explorer add-ons safe?

    Last week we released the newest version of the Microsoft web browser, Internet Explorer 9 . With this new version we also introduce the Add-on Performance Advisor which helps keep you safe from add-ons that might slow down your browser. Internet Explorer 9 is free. Download it now . Web...
  • Blog Post: Looking for Japan's earthquake news? Don't fall for fake search results

    Last week we told you about how to avoid fake donation websites and emails if you want to help Japanese earthquake and tsunami victims. Eweek reports that cybercriminals have also started using Japanese earthquake related search terms to lead people to their malicious websites. These fraudulent...
  • Blog Post: Download Windows Internet Explorer 9

    The newest version of Microsoft's web browser, Windows Internet Explorer 9, is now available to download for free. Internet Explorer 9 includes several new features that help protect your computer from viruses and help protect you from fraud when you browse the web. Download Internet Explorer...
  • Blog Post: IT pros: Download Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate today

    Last Thursday Microsoft launched the Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate , designed for IT Professionals who want to try out the newest version of the web browser before the official launch. Internet Explorer 9 allows you to pin multiple sites to your desktop or add a separate row for opening...
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