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Newer software can increase your computer security
This week we released volume 15 of the Security Intelligence Report (SIR) , which covers our research on computer security, including software vulnerabilities, exploits, and malicious and potentially unwanted software . One of the key findings to surface from the latest report is the increased risk...
31 Oct 2013
EMET: A valuable tool for PC protection
If you’re a regular reader of this blog, then you’ve probably already taken steps to help protect your PC. You have antivirus software that you trust and you keep it updated automatically. You’ve activated your firewall. You regularly install security updates. You know not to respond...
18 Oct 2013
Get advance notice about October 2013 security updates
Today, the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) posted details about the October 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...
3 Oct 2013
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...
3 Sep 2013
Support for Windows XP ends soon
The first thing you need to know: Support for Windows XP ends on April 8, 2014. You can get solutions to your Windows XP security issues now, but not for too much longer. If you’re still using Windows XP, you’re missing out on all kinds of security, productivity, and performance enhancements...
20 Aug 2013
What do I do if my updates don’t install?
The easiest way to get security updates automatically is to go to the Microsoft Update website and make sure that you have automatic updating turned on. Microsoft Update provides very important updates for performance and security. If you have automatic updating turned on and it isn’t working...
15 Aug 2013
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...
8 Aug 2013
Can I use Microsoft Security Essentials with Windows 8?
A reader writes: Can I use Microsoft Security Essentials with Windows 8? No—but you don’t need to. Windows 8 includes Windows Defender, a program that provides enhanced protection against viruses and spyware. Learn more about Windows 8 If your computer is running Windows 7, Windows...
11 Jul 2013
Top 5 online safety tips for summer
To help stay safe on your travels this summer, we recommend these Internet safety and privacy tips. Make sure your laptop or tablet has up-to-date antivirus and antispyware software installed. Windows 8 includes antivirus protection that’s turned on by default. If your computer isn’t...
4 Jun 2013
Support for Windows XP ends in April 2014
After April 8, 2014, there will be no new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options, or online technical content updates for Windows XP SP3. Learn about upgrading to Windows 7 or Windows 8 . The Microsoft Support Lifecycle provides consistent, predictable guidelines...
30 Apr 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
Make room for your new PC
Lots of us have new computers and other devices on our gift lists this holiday season. But getting rid of the old ones can seem more daunting than joyful. If you have two computers that run the Windows operating system, you can use Windows Easy Transfer to transfer your files and settings from one...
19 Dec 2012
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
Windows 8 helps keep your family safer
The newest operating system from Microsoft has several security features designed to help protect you and your family online. You can monitor your children’s Internet use, block or allow access to certain websites, and choose which games or apps your kids can access. Learn more about how to...
6 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
What’s new in Windows 8
Windows 8 is now available to buy at the Microsoft Store and other retailers. You can also upgrade at Windows.com . Windows 8 has several built-in security features that are built in and ready to go. Windows 8 also comes with Internet Explorer 10 , designed with innovations that can help you control...
26 Oct 2012
Should I upgrade my web browser?
A reader asks: “When should I upgrade my web browser?” If you browse the web with Internet Explorer, you should be using the most current version, which is Internet Explorer 9. It’s free and easy to upgrade. We suggest that you do it now. Download Internet Explorer 9 . Internet...
17 Apr 2012
Windows 8: Updated security features
To get an engineer’s perspective about how Microsoft SmartScreen and Windows Defender will function in the next version of the Windows operating system, read Building Windows 8: Protecting you from malware or watch the video below.
22 Sep 2011
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