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There is no Hotmail Maintenance Department
Cassie writes: I received an email from the Hotmail Maintenance Department requesting personal information verification. The message included a PDF file. Is this a scam? Yes. This is one of many types of email cybercrime, also called phishing . Cybercriminals often use the Microsoft name to try...
13 Jun 2013
Internet Explorer 10 now available for Windows 7
If you're running Windows 7, you can now get the newest version of Internet Explorer that comes with Windows 8 and Windows RT . Download Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7 New security and privacy features To help give you more security and increased control over your privacy, Internet Explorer...
5 Mar 2013
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...
27 Nov 2012
Spooky antivirus software
Judy writes: My virus protection doesn't seem to want to stay on. I’ve been able to turn it back on, but when I shut down and then restart my computer later, the virus protection is off again . Is this some kind of Halloween trick? Having a virus is no treat Achieving 100 percent protection...
30 Oct 2012
Win the battle against email fraud
Cybercriminals use email fraud (sometimes called “phishing”) to steal your personal data or information such as credit card numbers, passwords, account data, or other information. Cybercriminals might send millions of fraudulent email messages with links to fraudulent websites that appear...
20 Mar 2012
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...
30 Aug 2011
Beware of bin Laden malware on the web and in email
If you’re searching for news about or pictures of Osama bin Laden, you might find malware instead. This week the FBI warned computer users to be especially careful of emails that claim to show photos or videos of bin Laden’s death. Cybercriminals are quick to put up fraudulent websites...
4 May 2011
Internet Explorer 9 protects against 99 percent of socially engineered malware
The Internet Explorer 9 beta protects against 99 percent of “socially engineered malware,” according to independent researcher NSS Labs . What is socially engineered malware? Cybercriminals use socially engineered malware to gain access to your computer. According to NSS Labs, socially...
24 Jan 2011
Safer surfing with SmartScreen
The SmartScreen Filter is a feature in Internet Explorer 8 that helps detect fraudulent websites that might install malicious software onto your computer or try to trick you into turning over personal information. What does is mean when a website is blocked and flagged in red as a reported unsafe...
8 Oct 2010
More ways that spammers can get your email address
A few weeks ago we told you about 4 ways that spammers can get your email address . Readers sent in a few more tips. Anonymous writes: It's always good to have another email account setup that you use when you register for things on the web. Paulie D. writes: Another way is harvesting. We...
13 Sep 2010
How do spammers get my email address?
There are several common ways that spammers can get your email address: Crawling the web for the @ sign. Spammers and cybercriminals use sophisticated tools to scan the web and harvest email addresses. If you publicly post your email address online, a spammer will find it. Making good guesses...
6 Aug 2010
Three new Hotmail security features we love
There's a new version of Microsoft's free webmail service and it's coming your way soon . The new Windows Live Hotmail offers cool new features like more storage, the ability to edit Microsoft Office documents, and better interaction with your favorite websites. But what we really like are the ways...
23 Jul 2010
Internet Explorer 8 helps protect against “tabnabbing”
Most of us know that we should keep our passwords and other credentials a secret. However, it’s easy for cybercriminals to create a " spoof ", a copy of a familiar website. You might think you’re entering your credentials into your web-based email accounts, social networking sites, or bank...
8 Jun 2010
SmartScreen helps protect you from malicious ads on the sites you trust
In the past we’ve told you about malvertising , fake online advertising designed to trick you into downloading malicious software onto your computer. Lately cybercriminals have been sneaking malicious ads into trusted ad networks. The Microsoft SmartScreen Filter in Internet Explorer 8 protects you...
18 May 2010
Products that help protect you from fraud
Identity theft is on the rise and The New York Times recently reviewed several new products that might help protect against this kind of fraud. Some new services will notify you if a credit card or change of address form has been filed with your name. Others let you find out if your sensitive personal...
6 Jan 2010
Internet Explorer 8: Stay safer online
Want to learn how the latest Web browser from Microsoft offers increased protection against phishing, malware, and other online threats? Download this white paper about the new safety features in Internet Explorer 8 . Internet Explorer 8 provides you and your family with a safer online experience...
5 Mar 2009
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