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    Facebook uses Microsoft tool to help prevent child exploitation

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    Pornographic images of children circulate on the Internet at an alarming rate. Since 2002, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) have reviewed and analyzed nearly 49 million photos and videos of child pornography--more than...
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    Fake security software: Know the risks

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    If you’re browsing the web and you see a security warning, beware. Cybercriminals use fake security warnings (also known as “ rogue security software ”) to steal personal information or to charge you for a program that doesn’t...
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    We know where you are: Geolocation security tips

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    You can use your smartphone and location services (also known as “geolocation”) to post information about where you are at any given time. But before you use geolocation, you might want to consider these safety tips: Share your location...
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    Free online safety tips

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    Whether you tweet, friend, post, or follow, Microsoft provides online safety guidance and resources to fit your lifestyle. Along with the Microsoft Safety & Security Center , we are active on a variety of social networking sites. Twitter –...
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    Free security updates for June

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    Microsoft releases security updates on the second Tuesday of every month. Today Microsoft released 16 security updates. Get the updates . Watch a video about the updates . To get more information about security updates and other privacy and security...
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    Report the Microsoft phone scam

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    An anonymous blog reader writes: “Someone keeps calling me every other week claiming to be from Microsoft tech support. They even gave me a number to call back. Can't we report them?” Yes. Learn about how to report phone fraud in the...
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    Security updates: Get advance notice

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    Today the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) posted details about the June security updates . On Tuesday, June 14 at approximately 10 AM Pacific Time Microsoft will release 16 bulletins. The easiest way to get the updates when they're available...
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    5 online safety tips for grads

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    It’s graduation season, so whether you’re graduating or your child is, here are some safety tips for what’s ahead. 1. Spot and avoid job-hunting scams. Paper resumés are going the way of the dodo, so graduates (or anyone searching...
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    Does Microsoft Security Essentials work with other antivirus software?

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    Richard writes: “Can Microsoft Security Essentials co-exist with other antivirus software like McAfee or Norton? Or do I have to uninstall my current McAfee Suite?” Yes, you should uninstall McAfee Suite before installing Microsoft Security...
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    Watch out for fake security software

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    One of the most common ways for cybercriminals to steal money from people is through the use of fake security software, according to the most recent Microsoft Security Intelligence Report . This kind of software is also known as “scareware”...
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    Get faster, better malware protection

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    You’ve probably been in this situation before: either your browser seems to throw up a warning for every link you click, or it doesn’t display any warnings at all. Internet Explorer 9 provides a more thoughtful warning system for potentially...
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    Computer security tales of woe: What’s yours?

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    I recently received two email messages from people who had been the victims of cybercrime. These people weren’t just readers of our blog—they work on our team. That means that they spend almost every day thinking about viruses , online fraud...
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    Local news says, “Those calls are not coming from Microsoft”

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    Senior attorney for Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit (DCU), Richard Boscovich, appeared on Seattle’s NBC news last week to confirm that Microsoft will not cold call you to fix your computer. If you’ve received a call from someone who...
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    Microsoft releases newest Security Intelligence Report

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    The Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (SIR ) provides information about current security threats to help protect organizations, software, and people. The report covers exploits, vulnerabilities, and malware based on data from over 600 million systems...
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    Free security updates for May

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    Microsoft releases security updates on the second Tuesday of every month. Today Microsoft released 2 security updates. Get the updates . Watch a video about the updates . To get more information about security updates and other privacy and security...
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    Conquering the Coreflood botnet

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    The FBI and U.S. Department of Justice announced an operation to take down the Coreflood botnet. The term bot is short for robot. Criminals distribute malicious software (also known as malware) that can turn your computer into a bot (also known as...
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    Secure your Hotmail account

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    We used to recommend that you increase the security of your Hotmail account by creating a new account, one that you would give to online retailers or other organizations that might send a lot of unwanted email . Now, if you have a Hotmail account,...
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    Fraud alert: MS Removal Tool

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    Cybercriminals are circulating a new piece of fake security software that spoofs a Microsoft security tool. It’s called the “MS Removal Tool.” If you see a pop-up ad or an email for the “MS Removal Tool,” ignore it. If...
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    Get advance notification for May 2011 security updates

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    Today the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) posted details about the May security updates . On Tuesday, May 10 at approximately 10 AM Pacific Time Microsoft will release 2 bulletins: 1 critical and 1 important. The easiest way to get the updates...
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    Beware of bin Laden malware on the web and in email

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    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...
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    Help mom protect her PC

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    I am my mother’s tech support person. As the only employee of Microsoft in our family, the role naturally fell to me. Even if you don’t work in the technology sector, I’ll bet that many of you are also charged with keeping your mom’s...
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    Xbox LIVE phishing alert

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    This week, Xbox LIVE issued a Service Alert warning that you might receive phishing messages if you play the Xbox game Modern Warfare 2. If you receive a matchmaking message that seems suspicious, ignore it. Microsoft is aware of the problem and is...
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    Microsoft partners with security community to help reduce risk

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    A vulnerability is a weakness that enables a cybercriminal to attack computer hardware, software, or services. Companies or individuals sometimes find vulnerabilities in the software of other companies, and there are different ideas about what to do with...
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    Why you need a strong password

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    These days almost everything online requires a password. You already know that you should use complicated passwords and that you shouldn't use the same password for every account. Here are more tips on how to create stronger passwords and how to test...
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    What is malware?

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    Part of our job is to keep track of the latest Internet threats-viruses, spyware, rogues, bots, zombies, or some other form of insidious cybercrime that hasn't even been invented yet. Since the fix for most of these threats is the same, downloading...
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