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New Microsoft app helps you become more scam savvy in the New Year

On average, adults in the U.S. have experienced at least eight different types of online scams.  According to the Microsoft Scam Defense Survey, individuals are most vulnerable to risks such as fraudulent and malicious links, online identity theft, and the loss of sensitive personal information.  Deceptive tactics are becoming even more effective at tricking even...

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Operating System Infection Rates: Application Vulnerabilities & Exploits Trend Up, Increase OS Infection Rates

One topic that I get asked about each time we release a new volume of the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report is malware infection rates for operating systems and service packs.  We released new data late this year in volume 13 of the report (SIRv13).  Accordingly, I am dedicating a couple of articles to discussing the new...

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Top 10 security stories of 2012

From the latest scams and fraud to how, when, and why to update your computer, here are the stories that you viewed and clicked on the most this year. Download security update for Internet Explorer. In September, Microsoft released a security update for Internet Explorer. To help protect your computer, visit Windows Update to download and...

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Virus protection: Real or Rogue?

The newly launched Real vs. Rogue Facebook app from Microsoft features an interactive quiz to help you tell if a security warning is from your real antivirus software or from rogue security software. There has been an increase in rogue security software over the last few years. It often piggybacks on new software releases and...

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3 ways to increase your mobile safety this holiday season

If your holiday plans include travel, the following tips can help you stay safer online with a mobile device. Make sure your laptop or tablet has up-to-date antivirus and antispyware software installed. Windows 8 includes antivirus protection that’s turned on by default. If your computer isn’t running Windows 8, download Microsoft Security Essentials for free....

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Register Now for the Security Development Conference 2013 and Save!

Last year, the inaugural Security Development Conference brought together leading security professionals from a variety of industries around the world to share security development practices and how their organizations successfully adopted them.  More than 300 organizations attended this conference.  At the conference I had the opportunity to discuss the importance of security development practices with...

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Make room for your new PC

Lots of us have new computers and other devices on our gift lists this holiday season. But getting rid of the old ones can seem more daunting than joyful. If you have two computers that run the Windows operating system, you can use Windows Easy Transfer to transfer your files and settings from one to...

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The Year in Online Safety

This year was an exciting one for online safety at Microsoft.  We continued our long-standing commitment to individuals and families by offering tools and guidance they need online – everything from new products such as Windows 8 with enhanced parental controls; to our continued collaboration with groups like the Family Online Safety Institute and the...

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Important Advancements Toward a Safer, More Trusted Internet

Today we see many authors of malicious software going to great lengths to distribute their wares. Some attackers invest significant resources to find victims and avoid detection by antimalware products. They also vary their attacks – they experiment with not only exploiting software vulnerabilities but also attempt pure social-engineering approaches. To counter this, it is important...

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Registration Now Live! Security Development Conference 2013

Registration is now live for the Security Development Conference 2013, hosted in San Francisco, CA on May 14 – 15, 2013.  If you register today you’ll save 50% off the normal registration fee. This year’s conference will include keynote speakers Edna M. Conway, Chief Security Strategist, Cisco Systems Inc.; Brad Arkin, senior director, Security, Adobe...

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