Security Tips & Talk

Tips about computer security, online safety, and privacy

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    Is my computer up to date?

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    Your computer is up to date when you've installed the latest updates for Windows and for your computer programs. To get updates for Windows and other Microsoft programs at the same time, including updates for Microsoft Office (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint...
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    Security, privacy, and reliability in a connected world

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    Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing corporate vice President Scott Charney shared his security vision for the next decade in his keynote address at the RSA conference today. Charney’s keynote highlighted new and persistent security risks in...
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    Research firm rates spam filters

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    Spam filters for email programs are a little like the roof on a house. You wouldn’t want to live without one, but some are better than others. Recent research from Cascade Insights showed that no email program they tested did better than Hotmail...
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    Report scams in Hotmail, Xbox, and more

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    If you think you’re a target of a phishing scam or other fraud in an email, Xbox instant message, or on a website, you can report it. Most Microsoft products have built-in tools that make this easier. Hotmail. If you receive a suspicious email...
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    Protect yourself from online tracking

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    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...
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    Free security updates for February

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    Microsoft releases security updates on the second Tuesday of every month. The bulletin announces the release of 9 security updates: 5 updates for Microsoft Windows 1 update for Internet Explorer 1 update for Microsoft Office 1 update...
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    February security updates: Get advance notice

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    Today the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) posted details about the February security updates . On Tuesday, February 14 at approximately 10 AM Pacific Time Microsoft will release 9 bulletins. The easiest way to get the updates when they're...
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    Who’s more likely to fall for scams? The answer might surprise you

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    A recent Ponemon Institute study (in cooperation with PC Tools) challenges the myth that people who fall for scams are generally older. According to survey results, 18-25 year olds are among the groups that are more susceptible to online scams. Respondents...
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    Update your browser

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    If you have automatic updating turned on and you’re not using the latest version of Internet Explorer that works on your computer, Windows Update will automatically upgrade you this month. Internet Explorer 9 is Microsoft's latest web browser with...
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    Don’t be fooled by fake Halo 4 beta sites

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    Microsoft’s Halo 4 Xbox video game won’t be released until December 2012, but some scammers are already launching fake Halo 4 beta websites designed to trick you into giving away your personal information or installing malicious software....
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    Don’t let phishing threaten your small business

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    We recently received this message from a small business owner: I am stunned by the number of fake emails I get through my store’s email system, and some of them are quite sophisticated. I get them all the time from “UPS,” the “Better...
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    What’s your online reputation?

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    Most of us put a boundary between our personal and professional lives. Online that’s not easy to do. In the Official Microsoft blog, Brendon Lynch, Microsoft Chief Privacy Officer , writes, “Every piece of personal information that exists...
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    Income tax scams already!?

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    You’d have to be a real early bird to be expecting your income tax return in the United States already. And yet, we’ve begun to see phishing scams that appear to come from support@irs.gov and offer links where you can check the status of your...
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    Why Trustworthy Computing is still a Microsoft priority

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    Ten years ago this week, Bill Gates sent a memo to all Microsoft employees announcing the Trustworthy Computing (TwC) initiative and defining the key aspects of TwC. Gates wrote: “Trustworthy Computing is computing that is as available, reliable...
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    Resolve to help protect your PC

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    You can help protect yourself and your family from identity theft, fraud, viruses, dangerous email, and more, with these ten New Year’s resolutions: Keep all software (including your web browser) current with automatic updating . Install...
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    Free security updates for January

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    Microsoft releases security updates on the second Tuesday of every month. Today Microsoft released 7 security updates: 6 updates for Microsoft Windows 1 update for ASP.NET Get the updates . Download a video about the updates . To...
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    Beware of Ransomware

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    Cybercriminals use social engineering to prey on our weaknesses. Sometimes they take advantage of our goodwill towards others, like in the “I’ve been mugged scam” I wrote about in a recent blog post . More often they try to trick us...
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    Make room for your new PC, laptop, or Xbox

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    Did you get a new computer or gaming system for the holidays and you want to get rid of your old one? Make sure you clear all the old files from your old PC before you recycle it. That way, if it falls into the wrong hands, a criminal won’t be able...
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    Holiday scam alert: “I’ve been mugged; send money!”

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    The holidays are here, and that means that more people are travelling for their vacations. We thought this would be a good time to remind you about a popular online scam designed to trick you into thinking that your friend is in trouble on vacation. ...
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    New Xbox? Protect your account

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    Whether your family is getting a new Xbox this holiday season or you want to upgrade the security on your current Xbox, here are our top tips. Password protect your Xbox LIVE profile. Use a strong password to protect your profile. This is especially...
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    Making the Internet safer for children

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    This month Microsoft announced participation as a founding member in the CEO Coalition on Child Online Safety. Read more about online safety efforts for children from Microsoft’s representative on the CEO Coalition, Peter Cullen . Here is...
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    December security updates

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    Microsoft releases security updates on the second Tuesday of every month. Today Microsoft released 13 security updates. 6 updates for Microsoft Windows 1 update for Internet Explorer 1 update for ActiveX 1 update for Microsoft Publisher...
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    December security updates: get advance notice

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    Today the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) posted details about the December security updates . On Tuesday, December 13, 2011, at approximately 10 AM Pacific Time, Microsoft will release 14 bulletins. The easiest way to get security updates...
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    Home computer security: do you measure up?

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    Last month we released new research showing that, while most people do take some steps to protect themselves online, there are opportunities to do more. The Microsoft Computing Safety Index (MCSI) is a scoring system of more than 20 steps you can take...
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    Avoid fake emails

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    We sometimes hear from customers who want to know if an email which appears to be from Microsoft is real or not. If you receive an email that claims to come from Microsoft, but it contains an attachment or asks you to send passwords, user names, or financial...
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