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  • 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: 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: 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: 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: Get security updates for June 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: Help dad with privacy and security this Father’s Day

    If you want to give your dad something really useful this Father’s Day (June 15), help him tune up his PC and give him a few tips on how to increase his privacy and security online. Get smart about passwords Strong passwords help protect you against hackers and other cybercriminals. But even...
  • Blog Post: Transfer your files to a new computer for free

    Product support for Windows XP ended in April. Moving forward this means that Windows XP based-systems will not receive security updates. Find out if your computer is running Windows XP . If it is, you might be able to upgrade your computer, or buy a new one. If you buy a new computer, learn how...
  • 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: Guidance for Internet Explorer vulnerability

    On April 26, 2014, Microsoft notified customers of a vulnerability in Internet Explorer. To date, we are aware of limited, targeted attacks and are working on a fix. UPDATE: Microsoft released a security update for this vulnerability on May 1. For more information, see Available now: Security update...
  • 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: 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: Get the latest security updates and find out what to do if your computer is running Windows XP

    Microsoft releases security updates on the second Tuesday of every month. Learn how to get security updates automatically For IT Pros: Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for April 2014 Support for Windows XP has ended Microsoft has provided support for Windows XP for the past 12 years...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Tax scams: 6 ways to help protect yourself

    We’ve received reports that cybercriminals are at it again, luring unsuspecting taxpayers in the United States into handing over their personal information as they rush to file their taxes before the deadline. Here are 6 ways to help protect yourself. 1. Beware of all email, text, or social...
  • Blog Post: Help! Someone is holding my computer hostage

    If you see a pop-up window, webpage, or email message warning you that your computer has been locked because of possible illegal activities, you might be a victim of a criminal extortion scam called ransomware . Ransomware often masquerades as an official-looking warning from a well-known law enforcement...
  • Blog Post: Get security updates for March 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 Word, and other programs. Learn how to get security updates automatically For IT Pros...
  • Blog Post: Get advance notice about March 2014 security updates

    Today, the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) posted details about the March 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: 5 safety tips for online dating

    If you’re going to be connecting online this Valentine’s Day (or ever), follow these safety and privacy tips. Avoid catfishing . This is a type of social engineering designed to entice you into a relationship in order to steal your personal information, your money, or both. Always remember...
  • Blog Post: Support for Windows XP ends in two months on April 8, 2014

    On April 8, 2014, Microsoft will end support for its decade-old Windows XP operating system. This means that after April 8 there will be no new security updates available through automatic updating for computers that are still running Windows XP. For more information, see Support is ending soon ....
  • 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: Parental controls in Xbox One

    Xbox One is the newest all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft. If you’ve already purchased one, or if you plan to, it’s a good idea to learn more about the built-in privacy and safety parental controls. Control the content your children play and watch Customize your...
  • Blog Post: Using SkyDrive this holiday season can help protect your personal information

    It’s no surprise that the holidays are one of the busiest times of the year for online shopping. But did you know it’s also one of the busiest times for uploading pictures to photo sharing and social media sites? On average, more than 250 million photos per day were uploaded to Facebook alone...
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