Security Tips & Talk

Tips about computer security, online safety, and privacy

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    Free ebook for online teens

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    Microsoft just released a free ebook to help teens keep themselves and their stuff safer online. In partnership with security expert and author, Linda McCarthy , this free downloadable version of her new book, "Own Your Space - Keep Yourself and Your...
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    Latest Security Intelligence Report shows older systems more vulnerable

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    Today Microsoft released the latest Security Intelligence Report (SIR). The ninth volume of this comprehensive report covers evolving threat landscape trends from January through June 2010, with a focus on botnets . You can read the report section...
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    You’ve inherited money! Or not

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    April Fools' Day has come and gone, but cybercriminals have not stopped trying to trick Internet users into parting with their hard earned cash. A popular technique these days is the advance fee fraud . That's when a cybercriminal sends you an e-mail...
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    Use Bing to help your family search more safely

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    As we’ve mentioned in the last few posts, Bing is a powerful new search tool that lets you make smarter decisions when you search the Web. It’s also a great search engine for families or for anyone who’d rather not see sexually explicit search results...
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    Fraud alert: Election scams

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    Cybercriminals are nothing if not timely. Whatever’s in the news, you can expect to see a phishing scam to follow. Since it's election season in the United States, we’ve started to spot scams that attempt to lure unsuspecting voters into...
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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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    Get security updates for November

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    Microsoft releases security updates on the second Tuesday of every month. The bulletin announces the release of 6 security updates. Download the security updates for Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office, and Internet Explorer. Watch a video about...
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    Should I use user accounts?

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    Create multiple user accounts to increase your online security and your family’s privacy. We recommend that you create a standard user account and log on with that account, rather than an administrator account , even if you’re the only...
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    Get security updates for Windows, Microsoft Office, and Internet Explorer

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    Microsoft releases security updates on the second Tuesday of every month. Today Microsoft released 10 new security updates. 3 updates for Microsoft Windows 2 updates for Microsoft Office 1 update for Microsoft Internet Information Services...
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    Microsoft argues for cloud computing security

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    These days we store more and more information not on our computers but on the Internet, or in the cloud . Cloud computing can be used in all kinds of ways, such as for Web-based e-mail or large, corporate content management systems. Recently, Microsoft...
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    Microsoft partners with Girl Scouts of the USA

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    If your idea of Girl Scouts is cookies and lanyards, then you need to get yourself to the 21st century. Cookies and lanyards are hardly a thing of the past, but Girl Scouts have also kept up with changing times. To help support that, Microsoft recently...
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    Get security updates for July 2013

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    Microsoft releases security updates on the second Tuesday of every month. Skip the details and go to Microsoft Update to download the latest updates. This bulletin announces the release of security updates for Windows, Internet Explorer, and other...
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    Get security updates for May 2013

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    Microsoft releases security updates on the second Tuesday of every month. Skip the details and go to Microsoft Update to download the latest updates. This bulletin announces the release of 10 security updates for Windows, Internet Explorer, .NET...
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    Beware of deceptive downloads

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    The Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (SIR ) analyzes online threats using data from Internet services and over 600 million computers worldwide. Volume 13 of the SIR is now available and focuses on vulnerability disclosures from the first and second...
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    Get rid of your old devices more safely

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    If you have an old computer, phone, gaming system, or other device that you want to sell, recycle, or give away, the first step is to erase all your personal information from the hard drive. You can do this yourself, but we recommend using a refurbisher...
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    Download fix for Internet Explorer

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    Microsoft has updated guidance regarding a vulnerability in Windows (the issue resides in the MHTML protocol handler) through Security Advisory 2501696 to help protect against limited targeted attacks. Download and install the Fixit To help protect...
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    Get security updates for August 2013

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    Microsoft releases security updates on the second Tuesday of every month. Skip the details and go to Microsoft Update to download the latest updates. This bulletin announces the release of security updates for Windows, Internet Explorer, and other...
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    The best time to change your password is now

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    You can reduce your chances of being hacked by regularly changing the passwords on all the accounts where you enter financial or other sensitive information. Set an automatic reminder to update passwords on your email, banking, and credit card websites...
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    Filing taxes? Beware of scams

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    It’s tax season in the United States, which means it’s time for us to remind you about tax scams—especially email messages that appear to come from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or another legitimate organization. These seemingly...
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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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    Free downloads for Safer Internet Day

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    This year Microsoft supports Safer Internet Day by offering free events, research, and downloads to help parents, educators, and caregivers better understand kids and the video games that they play. To see Microsoft's latest online gaming research...
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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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    Security updates for October 2011

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    Microsoft releases security updates on the second Tuesday of every month. Today Microsoft released 8 security updates. 5 updates for Microsoft Windows 1 updates for .NET Framework 1 update for Microsoft Forefront 1 update for Internet Explorer...
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    Security updates for August

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    Microsoft releases security updates on the second Tuesday of every month. Today Microsoft released 13 security updates. 8 updates for Microsoft Windows 2 updates for .NET Framework 1 update for Windows Visio 1 update for Microsoft Internet...
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    Beware of text message phishing scams

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    MSNBC’s Herb Weisbaum reports that cybercriminals use fake text messages to lure people in the into giving away bank account and credit card information. This particular scam involves scare tactics to make you believe that your account has been...
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