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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Protect your PC from the Conficker worm

    The most recent Microsoft Security Intelligence Reports (SIR) describes the ongoing threat of the Conficker worm and urges businesses and individuals to apply security updates. Microsoft first recognized the Conficker threat in November 2008 and since then the Microsoft Malware Protection Center has...
  • Blog Post: Download free security updates for May

    Microsoft releases security updates on the second Tuesday of every month. The bulletin announces the release of 7 security updates: 2 updates for Microsoft Windows only 3 updates for Microsoft Office only 1 update for Microsoft .NET Framework only 1 update that combines multiple products...
  • Blog Post: End of support for Office XP and Windows Vista Service Pack 1

    If you use Office XP or Windows Vista Service Pack 1, upgrade now to help keep your computer safe. On July 12, 2011 both Office XP and Windows Vista Service Pack 1 reached the end of the Extended Support phase of their lifecycles. This means Microsoft Update and automatic updating will not offer security...
  • Blog Post: Get your security updates for January

    Microsoft releases security updates on the second Tuesday of every month. Today Microsoft released of 2 security updates for Microsoft Windows. Get the updates . Watch a video about the updates.
  • Blog Post: Download out-of-band security update for Windows

    Today Microsoft released an out-of band security update that addresses a security vulnerability in: Windows XP Windows Vista Windows 7 Windows Server 2003 Windows Server 2008 Windows Server 2008 R2 To help protect your computer, visit Windows Update to download and install...
  • Blog Post: Support for Windows XP SP2 ends today

    Back in March, we mentioned that support for Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) will end on July 13, 2010 . Today is the day. If your computer is running these operating systems you have two options. · Upgrade to Windows 7. For more information, see Windows 7 System Requirements , Get...
  • Blog Post: Get Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2)

    Support for Windows Vista without any service packs ends today, April 13, 2010. If your computer is running Windows Vista without Service Pack 2, you won't get security updates for Windows. This means that your computer will be at risk for viruses , spyware , rogue security software , and other malicious...
  • Blog Post: Old OS? End of support might come soon

    Microsoft just announced that support is ending for some older versions of the Windows operating system (OS). Support for Windows Vista without any service packs will end on April 13, 2010. Support for Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (SP2) will end on July 13, 2010. If you're running one of...
  • Blog Post: If I have Microsoft Security Essentials do I still need Windows Defender?

    Microsoft Security Essentials is a free download for home computers running on the Windows operating system. This software helps protect your computer from viruses, spyware, and other malware. Windows Defender is built into Windows Vista and Windows 7 and it's available as a free download for Windows...
  • Blog Post: Security updates for August 2008

    Today Microsoft released 11 new security bulletins for Microsoft Windows, Windows Messenger, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Access, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Microsoft Excel. To get the updates, go to the Microsoft Update Web site . To get updates automatically from now on, turn on automatic updating...
  • Blog Post: Developers: Learn about the Microsoft Security Development Lifecycle

    A mandatory part of Microsoft product development, the Microsoft Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) plays a critical role in embedding security and privacy into Microsoft software and culture. Now Microsoft is making SDL tools, process guidance, and training available for every developer. ...
  • Blog Post: Turn on automatic updating to get Vista SP1

    Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) is here and if you use a computer that runs Windows Vista, all you have to do is turn on automatic updating to get it. In fact, you might have already gotten it. To turn on automatic updating: 1. Click the Start button in the lower left corner of your screen...
  • Blog Post: Get updated security information about Windows Vista

    Want to stay current on new security features in Windows Vista? Bookmark the Windows Vista Security Blog . You'll get updates on the latest developments in Windows Vista security, plus a behind-the-scenes look at the development process from the people working on the product. And like with...
  • Blog Post: Security News: Watch the Bret and Vinny Show

    The third volume of the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report is now available. Download the report. Want to know more? Join Microsoft executives Bret Arsenault, General Manager of the National Security Team, and Vinny Gullotto, General Manager of Microsoft Research and Response, as they...
  • Blog Post: How to tell if Windows Defender is installed on your computer

    Windows Defender is an antispyware program from Microsoft that helps protect you from spyware, pop-up windows, and other unwanted software. It's free to download for Windows XP users and it comes with Windows Vista. (You don’t need to download or install it if you have Windows Vista. For more information...
  • Blog Post: Go back to school with a safer family computer

    It's that time of year again—back to school. And that probably means more computer time for kids who've been outside this summer. If you're a parent and you don't have family safety settings on your computer, now is a perfect time to choose the software that's right for your family. Parental...
  • Blog Post: Windows Defender for Windows Vista

    Some of you have been asking about whether or not you should download Windows Defender. Here's the short answer: Windows Defender comes with Windows Vista . If you use Windows Vista, do not download Windows Defender. If you use Windows XP SP2 you can (and should!) download Windows Defender...
  • Blog Post: Does your Windows operating system have protection built in?

    Do you like to read the entire life history of every feature in your security software and see every detail about how you might ever use it, in any possible situation? No? Then you'll appreciate knowing that you only have to take four basic steps to help protect your computer. 1. Keep your firewall...
  • Blog Post: Why does Windows Vista give me so many security warnings?

    A friend bought a new laptop that runs the Windows Vista operating system. She told me she loved the experience and the convenience of all the new features, but she also grumbled about how many security warnings she received: "It's like it won't let me do anything without first asking me if I really...
  • Blog Post: Use Windows Vista to help enforce limits on your children's computer use

    This week we highlight a special feature of Windows Vista Parental Controls —time restrictions. If you're a parent, you know there’s more to guiding your children’s computer use than shielding them from inappropriate content or contact with strangers. You also want to ensure that they aren...
  • Blog Post: 5 security features in Windows Vista that you might not know about

    Windows Vista is officially available, so we thought it was time for you to get to know this new operating system. Here are five security features in Windows Vista that might just surprise you: 1. Check your spyware protection through the Windows Security Center . If you've used Windows XP...
  • Blog Post: How Windows Vista can help you protect your kids online

    Since when did the average preschooler know how to operate a mouse? Since now. Kids are going online earlier and earlier. It’s never too soon for you to start protecting them online. Windows Vista (available January 30, 2007) makes it easy to monitor and manage your kids' computer use. You know...
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