Security Tips & Talk

Tips about computer security, online safety, and privacy

April, 2012

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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