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Tips about computer security, online safety, and privacy

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    Can I use Microsoft Security Essentials with Windows 8?

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    A reader writes: Can I use Microsoft Security Essentials with Windows 8? No—but you don’t need to. Windows 8 includes Windows Defender, a program that provides enhanced protection against viruses and spyware. Learn more about Windows...
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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 advance notice about July 2013 security updates

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    Today, the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) posted details about the July security updates . If you have automatic updating turned on, most of these updates will download and install on their own. Sometimes you may need to provide input for...
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    1,000,000 Facebook fans for Microsoft Safer Online

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    Thank you for helping make the Internet a safer place. If you haven’t already, 'Like' us on Facebook and be part of the next million. Join the conversation to get daily online safety tips covering the Microsoft products you use, including Internet...
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    Don’t post your email address in a blog comment

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    To post a comment or a question on one of our blog posts, use the Comments form at the bottom of the post. We appreciate your comments and questions, and we read all of them. Although we don’t answer them individually, we do use the information...
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    How to get rid of a computer virus

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    Is your computer running more slowly than usual? Does it stop responding or freeze often? It might have a virus. If you can connect to the Internet These instructions are different depending on which operating system you’re using. Check...
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    Catfishing: Are you falling for it?

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    The news is filled with stories about people, famous and otherwise, getting caught in online dating scams. The phenomenon is so common that it now has a name: Catfishing. The term catfishing comes from the 2010 movie Catfish about a man who was lured...
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    Think twice before you text that photo

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    Most of us already know this, but it’s worth repeating: When you email or text photos to another person, that person can save the pictures on his or her phone or hard drive forever. New apps like Snapchat claim that there are ways to send photos...
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    There is no Hotmail Maintenance Department

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    Cassie writes: I received an email from the Hotmail Maintenance Department requesting personal information verification. The message included a PDF file. Is this a scam? Yes. This is one of many types of email cybercrime, also called phishing ....
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    Get security updates for June

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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 5 security updates for Windows, Internet Explorer, and Microsoft...
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    Get advance notice for June security updates

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    Today the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) posted details about the May security updates. On Tuesday, June 11 at approximately 10 AM Pacific Time Microsoft will release 5 bulletins. The easiest way to get the updates when they're available...
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    Top 5 online safety tips for summer

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    To help stay safe on your travels this summer, we recommend these Internet safety and privacy tips. Make sure your laptop or tablet has up-to-date antivirus and antispyware software installed. Windows 8 includes antivirus protection that’s...
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    Mobile phone manners and safety habits

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    Last month we asked you to tell us your mobile phone pet peeves. The results are in, and 44 percent of you listed “constant phone checking” as one of the most annoying behavior among your smartphone-wielding friends. See the rest of the...
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    Graduate to better social media sharing

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    Around the world, we’re celebrating graduates of high school, college, and even grade school. Whatever the occasion for celebration, keep in mind these tips for social media sharing: Be mindful of your online image. Remember that blog posts...
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    How to combat tech support phone scams

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    Nana writes: “I received a telephone call at home from a person claiming to be from “Microsoft Operating Systems.” He had an urgent need to "fix" a virus. I had trouble understanding him, and when I starting asking questions, he got...
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    8 files you don’t want to open

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    A few months ago, we warned you about fake Java updates and suggested that the best thing you could do to protect yourself was to keep all of your software updated. One way criminals take advantage of software that isn’t updated is to craft PDF...
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    Free tool helps prevent viruses

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    One of the best defenses against viruses and other kinds of malicious software is ensuring that all of your built-in security settings are turned on and running smoothly. Microsoft offers a free tool that will help diagnose and fix Windows security...
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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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    Get advance notice about May 2013 security updates

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    Today the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) posted details about the May security updates. On Tuesday, May 14 at approximately 10 AM Pacific Time Microsoft will release 10 bulletins. The easiest way to get the updates when they're available...
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    Download fix for Internet Explorer 8 vulnerability

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    For years, hackers have targeted computer users by infecting websites. And based on recent reports, we have confirmed that cyber criminals are up to the same, no good behavior—this time targeting Internet Explorer 8. If you use Internet Explorer...
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    Help your mother be safer online

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    A great Mother’s Day gift idea: help your mom guard against viruses , fraud , and identity theft . Unless she's a super geek or an IT professional (or both), we know she’ll appreciate it. Make sure that your mother: Has antivirus...
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    Privacy is our priority

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    Microsoft has long believed that you should get to decide what information you share online and what you keep private. That’s why we've made privacy settings for our products a priority. Learn how Microsoft can help you protect your online privacy...
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    Support for Windows XP ends in April 2014

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    After April 8, 2014, there will be no new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options, or online technical content updates for Windows XP SP3. Learn about upgrading to Windows 7 or Windows 8 . The Microsoft Support...
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    Fraud alert: Free "Xbox points"

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    Although Microsoft was founded 38 years ago this month, don't fall for a widespread scam that offers free “Xbox points” for wishing the company a happy birthday. Online offers that seem too good to be true probably are. Learn more about common...
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    Recycle an old device on Earth Day

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    Today is Earth Day in 192 countries. What better time to learn how you can recycle computers and other devices more safely and where you can recycle hardware, packaging, and batteries . The Environmental Protection Agency reports that recycling 1 million...
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