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December security updates available now

  Microsoft releases security updates on the second Tuesday of every month. Today Microsoft released of 17 security updates: 10 updates for Microsoft Windows  2 updates for Microsoft Office  2 updates for Windows Server 1 update for Microsoft SharePoint Server 1 update Internet Explorer 1 update Exchange Server Get the updates. Watch a video about the...

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Get advance notice about the December Security Updates

The Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification Service offers details about security updates approximately three business days before they are released. We do this to allow customers (especially IT professionals) to plan for effective deployment of security updates. Advanced Notification includes information about: The number of new security updates being released The software affected Severity levels...

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Risks of Monoculture Revisited

Reading Rich Mogull over on Securosis this week, I became aware that the Information Security Magazine’s November issue has a feature with Bruce Schneier and Marcus Ranum revisiting the “security monoculture” argument put forth in the paper “CyberInsecurity: The Cost of Monopoly – How the Dominance of Microsoft’s Products Poses a Risk to Security” in...

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Watch out for Security Essentials 2011

The Microsoft Malware Protection Center reports that there’s a new name for an old version of fake security software (also known as rogue security software.) Security Essentials 2011 pretends to be antivirus software from Microsoft, but instead of protecting you from malicious software it infects your computer with it. Worse, the software claims that in...

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Exposed sensitive information and canaries in coal mines

Hey everyone, Jeremy Dallman here. Last January we published our first two Quick Security Reference (QSR) papers covering Cross-site Scripting and SQL Injection. Since then, our goal has been to create more QSRs that give technology organizations the necessary information to quickly understand and address specific security threats from the perspectives of four important IT-focused...

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Brush up on your online shopping safety

The turkey has yet to hit the table, but in many places the shopping season has already begun. Here is our guidance on how to stay safe when you shop online, plus links to more detailed information. 1.      Defend your computer with updated firewall, antivirus, and antispyware software and password-protect your wireless connection at home. 2.      Create...

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New research shows parents and educators concerned about cyberbullying, but still not a top priority for schools

Microsoft recently conducted a survey among parents and educators on the issue of cyberbullying and cyberbullying policies in schools.  While most parents are concerned about cyberbullying, our research suggests that parents and schools could take more action on the issue. 3 in 4 parents are very or somewhat concerned about cyberbullying. 3 in 4 educators...

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