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Understanding Qatar Infection Rates

One of the most interesting aspects of the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report is data on how regional malware infection rates change over time. This data helps us and our customers understand the tactics and strategies that attackers are using to compromise systems, steal identities and confidential data. Subsequently this intelligence helps our customers optimize their...

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Hang up on phone scams

If you receive a phone call from someone who claims to be from Microsoft and says that your computer has a virus, hang up. This call is probably from a cybercriminal who wants to charge you for a bogus service or trick you into installing malicious software on your computer that could capture sensitive data. Then, they...

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Phone Scammers: Here to Help…Themselves

Before I go any further, I want to assure you that this is a legitimate Microsoft blog, and that I genuinely work for the company. If you’ve received an unsolicited phone call from someone claiming association with Microsoft and offering technical support, or help with a security problem you didn’t know you had, I wouldn’t...

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Stay safer when you shop online (part 3 of 3)

For the third and last installment in our series on how to stay safer when you shop online this holiday season, we have a few tips on what to do if you think you might already be a victim of a shopping scam. Check your statements. If you think you might have given away personal...

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Think twice before you broadcast holiday plans

Your best friend from high school is probably not a cat burglar. But do you know everyone on your friends’ and followers’ lists (or everyone on their lists) on your social networking sites? If not, don’t post information about your holiday travel plans. More information about social networking safety. While you’re at it, take a...

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Planning for the Unexpected

We might not be able to predict the unknown, but we can do our best to be prepared for it. For organizations of all sizes contingency planning is vital to success. To this end, my Microsoft colleague, Cindy Bates, vice president, U.S. SMB Organization, recently shared a set of helpful resources on the subject of...

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The Curious Case of Qatar

A recent blog post I wrote entitled Determining the Geolocation of Systems Infected with Malware, focused on some of the interesting changes in regional malware infection rates that occurred when we started using IP geolocation in the latest Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (SIRv11). Figure 1: The five locations with the largest malware infect rate (CCM)...

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Discussing Privacy in the Cloud

Cloud computing has quickly become a mainstream technology. Global businesses, entrepreneurs and government agencies are embracing the cloud to accelerate innovation and cut costs. But the continued growth of cloud computing is not inevitable. Cloud providers need to adequately address the data protection and security concerns of enterprise customers and regulators for cloud services to...

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