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  • Blog Post: Trouble installing updates? Might be a case of bad timing

    This week we released security updates for the Windows operating system. If you have automatic updating turned on, your updates have probably already been downloaded and installed for you. Learn how to get updates automatically Even if you have automatic updating turned on, you might see an error...
  • Blog Post: Get advance notice about July 2014 security updates

    Today, the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) posted details about the July security updates . If you have automatic updating turned on, most of these updates will download and install on their own. Sometimes you may need to provide input for Windows Update during an installation. In this case...
  • Blog Post: Windows XP registry hack will not protect your PC against all threats

    In April, Microsoft ended support for Windows XP . This means that if your computer is still running Windows XP, you are no longer receiving security updates. Several tech news sources have recently reported a change that you can make to your Windows registry (known as a “registry hack”...
  • Blog Post: 10 New Year’s resolutions for your digital devices and your online life

    It’s a new year, which means it’s time to resolve to create healthier habits in our daily lives. But we don’t have to stop at just improving our body, mind, and spirit. It’s also a good idea to resolve to keep our PCs, laptops, smartphones, and social networking sites healthy...
  • Blog Post: Online safety tips for travelers

    If you’re travelling this holiday season and you plan to be online, here are a few ways to protect yourself and your family: Before you go, make sure all your software (and especially your antivirus software) is up to date. Learn how to get security updates automatically . Be careful with...
  • Blog Post: Get advance notice about November 2013 security updates

    Today, the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) posted details about the November security updates . If you have automatic updating turned on, most of these updates will download and install on their own. Sometimes you may need to provide input for Windows Update during an installation. In this...
  • Blog Post: Check security settings in Windows Vista

    The newest version of Windows is Windows 8, but we know that many of you still use Windows Vista. The best way to ensure that Windows Vista is as secure as it can be is to use the Windows Security Center, which is built into Windows Vista. The Windows Security Center can help you check the status...
  • Blog Post: How do I keep my firewall on?

    Using a firewall is like locking the front door to your house—it helps keep intruders (in this case, hackers and malicious software ) from getting in. Windows Firewall is included in Windows and is turned on by default. If you see a warning that your firewall is turned off, it could be because...
  • Blog Post: Get advance notice about August 2013 security updates

    Today, the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) posted details about the August security updates . If you have automatic updating turned on, most of these updates will download and install on their own. Sometimes you may need to provide input for Windows Update during an installation. In this...
  • Blog Post: Get security updates for July 2013

    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 security updates for Windows, Internet Explorer, and other programs. Learn how to get security updates...
  • Blog Post: Get advance notice about May 2013 security updates

    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 is to turn on Windows automatic updating . You can...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Security Intelligence Report v14: Why antivirus software matters

    The latest volume of the Security Intelligence Report (SIR) highlights the importance of using antivirus software . Antivirus software helps protect your computer from malicious software (malware) and can be downloaded or installed inexpensively or at no charge. Still, according to the SIR v14 findings...
  • Blog Post: Get security updates for March 2013

    Microsoft releases security updates on the second Tuesday of every month. This bulletin announces the release of 7 security updates. Download the March security updates Watch a video about the updates To get more information about security updates and other privacy and security issues delivered...
  • Blog Post: Get security updates for February 2013

    Microsoft releases security updates on the second Tuesday of every month. This bulletin announces the release of 12 security updates. Download the February security updates for Microsoft .NET Framework, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, and Microsoft Windows. Watch a video...
  • Blog Post: Get security updates for November

    Microsoft releases security updates on the second Tuesday of every month. The bulletin announces the release of 6 security updates. Download the security updates for Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office, and Internet Explorer. Watch a video about the updates . To get more information about...
  • Blog Post: Get security updates for October

    Microsoft releases security updates on the second Tuesday of every month. The bulletin announces the release of 7 security updates. Download the security updates for Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft SQL Server. Watch a video about the updates . To get more information about...
  • 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: Get advance notice about May security updates

    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 is to turn on Windows automatic updating . For...
  • Blog Post: Download free security updates for April

    Microsoft releases security updates on the second Tuesday of every month. The bulletin announces the release of 6 security updates: 3 updates for Microsoft Windows 1 update for Internet Explorer 1 update for Microsoft Office 1 update for Microsoft Forefront Get the updates . ...
  • Blog Post: Free security updates for March

    Microsoft releases security updates on the second Tuesday of every month. The bulletin announces the release of 6 security updates: 4 updates for Microsoft Windows 1 update for Microsoft Expression 1 update for Microsoft Visual Studio Get the updates . Watch a video about the...
  • Blog Post: Security updates for September 2011

    Microsoft releases security updates on the second Tuesday of every month. Today Microsoft released 5 security updates. 2 updates for Microsoft Windows 1 update for Microsoft Office 1 update for Microsoft Excel 1 update for Microsoft SharePoint Get the updates . Watch a video about...
  • Blog Post: Have you downloaded your monthly security updates?

    Microsoft releases security updates on the second Tuesday of every month. Today Microsoft released 14 new security updates. 7 updates for Microsoft Windows 2 updates for Microsoft Office 1 update for Windows Media Player 1 update for Windows Server 1 update for Microsoft XML 1 update...
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