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  • Blog Post: HOW TO: Report the Microsoft phone scam

    If someone calls you from Microsoft technical support and offers to help you fix your computer, mobile phone, or tablet, this is a scam designed to install malicious software on your computer, steal your personal information, or both. Do not trust unsolicited calls. Do not provide any personal information...
  • Blog Post: What to do if your antivirus subscription has expired

    Phil asks: I'm new to Windows 8.1. Now that my free security software has expired, how do I go about making Windows Defender my choice security method? Windows Defender is included with Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 and helps protect your PC against malware (malicious software). Many new computers...
  • Blog Post: Get security updates for September 2014

    Microsoft releases security updates on the second Tuesday of every month. How to check for the latest updates. This bulletin announces the release of security updates for Windows, Microsoft Office, and other programs. Learn how to get security updates automatically For IT Pros: Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: 5 passwords you should never use

    This is part three of three posts on stronger passwords. Part 1: Create stronger passwords and protect them Part 2: Do you know your kids' passwords? The news is filled with stories about hackers cracking passwords. You can help avoid being a victim by never, ever using these passwords: ...
  • Blog Post: Do you know your kids’ passwords?

    This is the second of two blog posts on password protection. Read Part 1: Create strong passwords and protect them . Whether or not you should know all of your kids’ passwords depends on their age, how responsible they are, and your parenting values. However, kids of any age and responsibility...
  • Blog Post: Create stronger passwords and protect them

    All week we’ll be posting our best guidance on how to create, protect, and manage your passwords. Passwords are your first line of defense against hackers. Pick passwords that are difficult to crack but easy for you to remember. What does “difficult to crack” mean? Each time...
  • Blog Post: Why do I have to update my email account information?

    We’ve noticed comments from many of you asking why we want you to verify your Microsoft security information. We’d like to explain why verifying this information is important. To help protect your email account and your personal data, we ask everyone who has a Microsoft account to make sure...
  • Blog Post: What is a trusted device?

    When you try to view or edit your credit card details or other sensitive information in your Microsoft account, you might need to enter a security code first, to make sure that only you can get in to your account. But you can designate a computer or other device as a trusted device . On trusted devices...
  • Blog Post: Get advance notice about August 2014 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: How to sign into devices that don’t accept security codes

    Two-step verification makes it more difficult for hackers to access your account, even when they have your password. If you turn on two-step verification, you'll see an extra page every time you sign in on a device that isn't trusted . The extra page prompts you to enter a security code to sign in. ...
  • Blog Post: What you need to know about privacy and security in OneDrive

    OneDrive is free online storage that's built into Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1. Add files from your PC to OneDrive, and then easily access your photos, music, documents, and other files on all the devices you use. How you can help protect your privacy and security in OneDrive Create a strong...
  • Blog Post: 9 ways to stay safe online this summer

    Summer is in full swing. Here are our best safety and security tips for the season. Don’t broadcast vacation plans on your social networking sites. If you’re leaving your home unoccupied and at risk for potential burglary, you might want to wait to post your vacation photographs...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft takes on world’s worst cybercriminals

    Microsoft recently took legal action against a group of cybercriminals suspected of spreading malicious software to millions of unsuspecting computer users. These social media–savvy cybercriminals have not only spread the malware themselves, but they’ve also promoted their malicious tools...
  • 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: Do you know what your children are doing online?

    This week in the UK, Microsoft launches the Safer Families program for parents to help their kids stay safer online. According to recent Microsoft research*: 98 percent of UK parents with children at home agree that protecting their children online is necessary, yet almost 50 percent have not...
  • Blog Post: Get advance notice about June 2014 security updates

    Today, the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) posted details about the June 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: What’s new with Windows Phone 8.1?

    Windows Phone 8.1 includes features that let you browse the web and use location awareness apps and other apps without losing control of your privacy and security. Turn location services on or off Location services can improve your experience in many different applications, from restaurant finders...
  • Blog Post: 5 ways to protect your Microsoft account

    Your Microsoft account (formerly your Windows Live ID) is the combination of an email address and a password that you use to sign in to services such as Xbox LIVE and Outlook.com, as well as devices such as Windows Phone and computers running Windows 8. A Microsoft account is free and you can use...
  • Blog Post: Get security updates for May 2014

    Microsoft releases security updates on the second Tuesday of every month. Skip the details and check for the latest updates. This bulletin announces the release of security updates for Windows, Microsoft Office, and other programs. Learn how to get security updates automatically For IT...
  • Blog Post: Available now: Security update for Internet Explorer

    Today, Microsoft released a security update for Internet Explorer, that we blogged about earlier this week . You probably already have automatic updates enabled and will not need to take any action. The update will be downloaded and installed automatically. If you’re unsure if you have automatic...
  • Blog Post: HOW TO: Recycle your old computers and devices for Earth Day

    Today is Earth Day. Show your love for the globe by getting rid of your old technology in the most environmentally friendly way possible. Step 1: Back up files or data you want to keep Use the backup utilities that are built into Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 to transfer files from your...
  • Blog Post: Security improvements in Windows 8

    Support ended for Windows XP last week. That means technical assistance for Windows XP is no longer available. To stay protected, you can upgrade your current computer or buy a new one. Windows 8.1 Update runs on a wider variety of devices, so you'll have more to choose from, including budget-friendly...
  • Blog Post: Heartbleed: What you need to know

    On April 8, 2014, security researchers announced a flaw in the software that is used to protect your information on the web. The vulnerability, known as “Heartbleed,” could potentially allow a cyberattacker to access personal information. After a thorough investigation, Microsoft determined...
  • Blog Post: How to get rid of malware that keeps coming back

    Windows Defender and Microsoft Security Essentials can get rid of most malware, but here’s what you can do if it comes back. Make sure you have automatic updating turned on . This feature ensures that you have the latest security improvements from Microsoft installed on your computer. If...
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