Security Tips & Talk

Tips about computer security, online safety, and privacy

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    Download free security updates for June

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    Microsoft releases security updates on the second Tuesday of every month. The bulletin announces the release of 7 security updates: 3 updates for Microsoft Windows 1 update for Microsoft .NET Framework 1 update for Internet Explorer ...
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    Get advance notice about June security updates

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    Today the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) posted details about the June security updates . On Tuesday, June 12 at approximately 10 AM Pacific Time Microsoft will release 8 bulletins. The easiest way to get the updates when they're available...
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    On Facebook? Download Microsoft Security Essentials for free

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    This month Microsoft teamed up with Facebook to offer its free anti-virus protection. Microsoft Security Essentials is now one of the choices in Facebook Anti-Virus Marketplace to help protect your computer. Microsoft Security Essentials: Offers...
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    Don’t click text message spam

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    Several readers have contacted us lately about suspicious text messages that they’ve received on their smart phones. Some of these messages appear to be from Microsoft , Starbucks, Best Buy, or other well-known companies and are designed to trick...
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    Protect your PC from the latest threats

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    Since the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report was released last month, we’ve been discussing some of the findings here, including research on the Conficker worm and the prevalence of rogue security software called scareware . Here are three...
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    How to spot fraudulent tech support phone calls

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    Betty writes: I just received a call from a guy who said that my Windows was infected. He wanted me to sit in front of my computer while he fixed it. He became angry when I told him no and I hung up. Thanks for writing, Betty. This type of call...
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    FBI warns against hotel net connections

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    The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) issued a warning earlier this month that travelers should be careful using Internet connections in hotels. Some travelers had inadvertently downloaded malicious software onto their computers when they accepted...
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    4 signs of scareware

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    “Scareware” is fake anti-virus software (also called “rogue security software”) that cybercriminals trick you into paying for or trick you into downloading along with malicious software. According to the latest Security Intelligence...
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    Why location services matter

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    Mobile services (often called “geolocation” services) now have the ability to track and share our location with friends. Location positioning services can help you find local movie times, weather, or directions to the nearest coffee shop....
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    Protect your PC from the Conficker worm

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    The most recent Microsoft Security Intelligence Reports (SIR) describes the ongoing threat of the Conficker worm and urges businesses and individuals to apply security updates. Microsoft first recognized the Conficker threat in November 2008 and since...
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    Download free security updates for May

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    Microsoft releases security updates on the second Tuesday of every month. The bulletin announces the release of 7 security updates: 2 updates for Microsoft Windows only 3 updates for Microsoft Office only 1 update for Microsoft .NET Framework...
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    Get advance notice about May security updates

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    Yesterday the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) posted details about the May security updates . On Tuesday, May 8 at approximately 10 AM Pacific Time Microsoft will release 7 bulletins. The easiest way to get the updates when they're available...
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    Read the latest Security Intelligence Report

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    Last week Microsoft released Volume 12 of the Security Intelligence Report (SIR) which covers our research of software vulnerabilities, exploits, and malicious and potentially unwanted software from July – December 2011. One of the main focuses...
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    Help, I’ve been hacked!

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    A reader named Karen asks: “I received a message in my Hotmail inbox that said that I’d been hacked and I should change my password. How do I do this?” If you think your Hotmail account has been hacked, go to the Reset your password...
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    Help mom stay safer online

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    Maybe she wants flowers, but a more practical gift this mother’s day might be to make sure your mom knows some basic rules about keeping your computer updated and creating strong passwords . Read our six basic online safety tips . You can...
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    Can digital picture frames and thumb drives spread viruses?

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    We recently received an email from a concerned reader who’d heard that digital picture frames might contain viruses . While this is not a common problem, the truth is that anything that you plug into your computer and use to transfer files onto...
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    Should I upgrade my web browser?

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    A reader asks: “When should I upgrade my web browser?” If you browse the web with Internet Explorer, you should be using the most current version, which is Internet Explorer 9. It’s free and easy to upgrade. We suggest that you...
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    Creating real family networks

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    According to recent research conducted by Microsoft and AARP , social networking and other online communications help to bridge the generation gap. Of those surveyed, 83 percent said that going online was a “helpful” form of communication...
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    Download free security updates for April

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    Microsoft releases security updates on the second Tuesday of every month. The bulletin announces the release of 6 security updates: 3 updates for Microsoft Windows 1 update for Internet Explorer 1 update for Microsoft Office 1 update...
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    Safer spring break

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    A recent article in The New York Times claimed that the ubiquity of social networking encourages college and high school spring breakers to limit their public displays of risky behaviors now that they know that everyone (including parents) could potentially...
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    Get advance notice about April security updates

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    Yesterday the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) posted details about the April security updates . On Tuesday, April 10 at approximately 10 AM Pacific Time Microsoft will release 6 bulletins. The easiest way to get the updates when they're available...
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    Online gaming helps senior citizens get fit and have fun

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    Seniors in Los Angeles are getting into the social gaming craze. The new “Exergamers Wellness Club” combines exercise, health education, and overall health tracking. Microsoft Kinect for Xbox 360 serves as the exercise platform and HealthVault...
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    Microsoft battles Zeus ID theft botnet

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    Microsoft, in collaboration with the financial services industry, successfully executed a coordinated global action against the Zeus botnet . Zeus is a type of malware that can monitor your online activity and record your keystrokes to commit identity...
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    NEWS: Microsoft offers most popular US antivirus program

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    Have you recently installed Microsoft Security Essentials? Earlier this month, the development tools and data services company, OPSWAT , announced that Microsoft’s free antivirus software was the most popular antivirus program in North America during...
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    Enhanced security in Internet Explorer 10

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    If you’re the type that likes to look under the hood of your web browser, you can download the consumer preview for Windows 8 , which includes the preview version of Internet Explorer 10. Internet Explorer 10 includes an enhanced version of Protected...
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