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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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    The Microsoft community has Answers

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    We try to answer as many of your email messages and comment questions as we can. But if you want a faster answer (or a second opinion), try Microsoft Answers . Here, Microsoft support engineers and super geek volunteers from around the world participate...
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    Beware of Facebook email scams

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    A friend recently forwarded us the email below because they thought it was a scam. They were right. This email is a great example of three easy ways to detect a scam . Spelling and bad grammar. Cybercriminals are not known for their impeccable...
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    Free security updates for April

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    Microsoft releases security updates on the second Tuesday of every month. Today Microsoft released 17 security updates. 9 updates for Microsoft Windows 1 update for Microsoft Office 1 update for Microsoft Excel 1 update for Microsoft PowerPoint...
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    Are security updates free?

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    We recently received an email from a reader asking us if the security updates that we're always encouraging you to download and install are free. Yes. Security updates from Microsoft are always free. Security updates for Windows help protect against...
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    Microsoft helps defeat major spam botnet

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    Watch experts from Microsoft and other organizations explain how botnets work and how Microsoft and Pfizer helped bring down the Rustock botnet , a notorious source of spam, fraud, and cybercrime. Watch the video from CNBC World Business: Rustock...
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    Http vs. Https: What’s the difference?

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    A blog reader recently wrote in: "A Facebook friend just told me that if the web browser says http:// and not https:// that my security is compromised. Is this true? How can I fix it?" Your friend is right. Sort of. If you're just browsing...
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    Are Internet Explorer add-ons safe?

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    Last week we released the newest version of the Microsoft web browser, Internet Explorer 9 . With this new version we also introduce the Add-on Performance Advisor which helps keep you safe from add-ons that might slow down your browser. Internet...
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    Is Microsoft Security Essentials dependable, even though it’s free?

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    Joey writes: "I just recently purchased a laptop and I am still very new at this. I have enjoyed two months of free antivirus software that came with my computer, but that will expire soon. Should I subscribe or is Microsoft Security Essentials...
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    Plan ahead for upcoming security updates

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    Today the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) posted details about the April security updates . On Tuesday, April 12 at approximately 10 AM Pacific Time Microsoft will release 17 bulletins, 9 critical. The easiest way to get the updates when...
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    Security advisory: Fraudulent digital certificates could allow spoofing

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    Microsoft released a security advisory today warning about fraudulent digital certificates that could be used to spoof content, perform phishing attacks, or perform other exploits that could put you at risk. The best way to protect yourself is to...
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    Microsoft helps defeat Rustock botnet

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    Microsoft, in cooperation with industry and academic partners, has taken down the Rustock botnet, a notorious source of spam, fraud, and cybercrime. The Rustock botnet is a network of infected computers controlled by cybercriminals and used for...
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    Looking for Japan's earthquake news? Don't fall for fake search results

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    Last week we told you about how to avoid fake donation websites and emails if you want to help Japanese earthquake and tsunami victims. Eweek reports that cybercriminals have also started using Japanese earthquake related search terms to lead people...
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    Download Windows Internet Explorer 9

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    The newest version of Microsoft's web browser, Windows Internet Explorer 9, is now available to download for free. Internet Explorer 9 includes several new features that help protect your computer from viruses and help protect you from fraud...
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