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  • Blog Post: The best time to change your password is now

    You can reduce your chances of being hacked by regularly changing the passwords on all the accounts where you enter financial or other sensitive information. Set an automatic reminder to update passwords on your email, banking, and credit card websites every three months. Different sites have different...
  • 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: Shop for gifts online more safely

    If you want to stay home and avoid the crowds this holiday season, you can do all your shopping online. But before you log on, make sure you know how to identify websites that won’t compromise your privacy. Before you enter your credit card number, check for signs that a site is safe: ...
  • 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: Enhanced security in Internet Explorer 10

    If you’re the type that likes to look under the hood of your web browser, you can download the consumer preview for Windows 8 , which includes the preview version of Internet Explorer 10. Internet Explorer 10 includes an enhanced version of Protected Mode. Protected Mode is a feature of Internet...
  • 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: Stay safer when you shop online (part 3 of 3)

    For the third and last installment in our series on how to stay safer when you shop online this holiday season, we have a few tips on what to do if you think you might already be a victim of a shopping scam . Check your statements. If you think you might have given away personal or financial information...
  • Blog Post: Stay safer when you shop online (part 2 of 3)

    Last week we gave you three tips to help protect yourself when you shop online. Here are three more tips to help keep cybercriminals from ruining your holiday. Never make online financial transactions on a public or shared computer. Public computers in libraries, internet cafés and copy shops...
  • Blog Post: Why you need a strong password

    These days almost everything online requires a password. You already know that you should use complicated passwords and that you shouldn't use the same password for every account. Here are more tips on how to create stronger passwords and how to test your password strength . If you want to know why...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Brush up on your online shopping safety

    The turkey has yet to hit the table, but in many places the shopping season has already begun. Here is our guidance on how to stay safe when you shop online, plus links to more detailed information. 1. Defend your computer with updated firewall, antivirus, and antispyware software and password...
  • Blog Post: Is the online world more dangerous than the real world?

    Earlier this week we told you about the myth that most identity theft occurs online . Today's myth is about online shopping. Myth: Making purchases on the Internet is risky. Fact: Most security experts agree that the risk of fraud is greater with offline purchases. To shop more safely online...
  • Blog Post: Pakistan floods: Avoid donation scams

    Disasters like the recent floods in Pakistan are another opportunity for cybercriminals to take advantage of people who want to donate money online. Use caution with suspicious email , websites, instant messages, or posts on social networking sites and look for signs that the site where you donate...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft vs. Malvertising: Tackling the threat of malicious online advertising

    Malvertising might sound like a fancy kind of dry cleaning, but it’s really fake online advertising designed to trick you into downloading malicious software onto your computer. The most common kind of fake ad is for security software that you don’t need and that could harm your computer. This is often...
  • 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...
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