Security Tips & Talk

Tips about computer security, online safety, and privacy

November, 2012

  • Security Tips & Talk

    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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    Shop online with care this holiday season

    • 7 Comments
    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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    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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    Online fraud: Get practical advice

    • 10 Comments
    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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    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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    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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    Microsoft vs. the botnets

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    A botnet is a network of "zombie" computers infected with malware that enables cybercriminals to commit undetected fraud and other harmful acts. To help disrupt an emerging botnet, the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit (DCU) recently took legal action...
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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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