Security Tips & Talk

Tips about computer security, online safety, and privacy

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    Shop online with care this holiday season

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    Holiday shopping is in full swing and so are the scams. The following tips can help you stay safe when you shop online. Use a modern browser. Internet Explorer 9 and Internet Explorer 10 (available with Windows 8) include the SmartScreen filter. SmartScreen...
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    Online fraud: Get practical advice

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    Need help spotting an online scam? Download our new free 12-page booklet called Online Fraud: Your Guide to Prevention, Detection, and Recovery . This guide includes: Real-world examples of false promises made in fake emails Images of scam...
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    Manage your privacy settings in one place

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    You will now find it easier to manage privacy settings in Internet Explorer, Xbox, and other selected Microsoft products. You can also review Microsoft privacy statements , view and edit your personal data dashboard , and learn about privacy features...
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    Keep Windows and all your software up to date

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    Security vendor Kaspersky recently released a report that listed the top 10 vulnerabilities it detected on its computers. There were no Microsoft products on the list. Read the report to see which products were affected Some security experts suspect...
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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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    Security Bulletin Advance Notification for November

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    Today the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) posted details about the November security updates. On Tuesday, November 13 at approximately 10 AM Pacific Time Microsoft will release 6 bulletins that will address issues in Windows, Internet Explorer...
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    Windows 8 helps keep your family safer

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    The newest operating system from Microsoft has several security features designed to help protect you and your family online. You can monitor your children’s Internet use, block or allow access to certain websites, and choose which games or apps...
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    The $500 Costco card scam

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    Many respondents to a recent Microsoft survey expressed concern about trickier scams that are happening on social networks. The Microsoft Malware Protection Center recently blogged about one of these new scams that claims to offer a free Costco gift card...
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    Spooky antivirus software

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    Judy writes: My virus protection doesn't seem to want to stay on. I’ve been able to turn it back on, but when I shut down and then restart my computer later, the virus protection is off again . Is this some kind of Halloween trick? Having...
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    What’s new in Windows 8

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    Windows 8 is now available to buy at the Microsoft Store and other retailers. You can also upgrade at Windows.com . Windows 8 has several built-in security features that are built in and ready to go. Windows 8 also comes with Internet Explorer 10 ...
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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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    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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    Do you feel safe from online deception?

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    October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), and Microsoft supports the national campaign for cyber security education and awareness put forth by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA). Our support includes releasing the results...
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    Fraud alert: Microsoft Services Agreement email scam

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    We’ve received reports of a recent email scam that spoofs the Microsoft Services Agreement. View the real agreement . The scam email message replaces legitimate links in the agreement with links that can compromise your computer when clicked...
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    Get security updates for October

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    Microsoft releases security updates on the second Tuesday of every month. The bulletin announces the release of 7 security updates. Download the security updates for Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft SQL Server. Watch a video...
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    FTC cracks down on phone scammers

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    This week the FTC announced a major international crackdown on scammers who call you on the telephone and offer to fix your computer. These criminals often charge their victims for bogus services and install malicious software on their computers. The...
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    Get advance notice about October security updates

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    Today the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) posted details about the October security updates . On Tuesday, October 9 at approximately 10 AM Pacific Time Microsoft will release 6 important-rated bulletins that will address issues in Windows, Microsoft...
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    Search yourself

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    The Bing team recently launched an Internet search tool for comparing Bing and Google side by side . Microsoft’s Director of Trustworthy Computing Communications recommends using this tool to find out what information is publicly available about...
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    Scams relating to the recent Microsoft Security Advisory

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    Microsoft recently released a security update for Internet Explorer in response to Security Advisory 2757760 . Scammers will often use news items (especially those relating to computer security ) to try to trick you into downloading malicious software...
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    Kids and technology: Is there any good news?

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    What if we stopped listening to the fear-based news about cyberbullying, over-sharing, and loss of privacy? What if we focused on research that doesn’t make for a scary headline on the evening news? Would it surprise you to learn that a recent...
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    Download security update for Internet Explorer

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    Today Microsoft released a security update for Internet Explorer. To help protect your computer, visit Windows Update to download and install the update and ensure that you have automatic updating turned on. Note: This update replaces the Fix it that...
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    “Fix it” available for Internet Explorer

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    Today we released a downloadable tool called a “Fix it” for Internet Explorer that we mentioned in this blog yesterday . On September 21, we will release a cumulative update for Internet Explorer through Windows Update . We recommend that...
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    Recent Internet Explorer advisory

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    Microsoft released Security Advisory 2757760 yesterday about an issue in Internet Explorer. The Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) is actively monitoring the situation and so far the issue has impacted only an extremely limited number of people...
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    Privacy in Office 365

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    Office 365 is a cloud-based version of Microsoft Office that includes business-class email, web conferencing, and file sharing. It includes no advertising, and all of your data is kept separate from consumer services. Your data belongs to you and you...
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    Important security information for your small business

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    A computer virus is bad news for anyone, but it can be especially devastating to a small business. Microsoft Small Business Support Center resources include a free step-by-step guide to help you protect your computers from spyware, viruses, Trojans...
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