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Avoid Affordable Care Act scams

It’s no secret that the website designed to help Americans sign up for health insurance under the new Affordable Care Act has had technical issues. We’ve heard reports that scammers are taking advantage of the technical glitches to send out fake email messages or posts on social networking websites. These scams, known as “phishing,” are...

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5 tips for sharing photos of family and friends

Last week we talked about the ever-increasing trend of uploading pictures to photo sharing and social media sites over the holidays. As you celebrate Thanksgiving this year in the United States, don’t forget about online privacy. Be careful what you post about yourself, but also be careful what you post about others. You might be...

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Microsoft Cybersecurity Report: Top 10 Most Wanted Enterprise Threats

In my travels abroad over the years, I have had the great opportunity to meet with many enterprise customers to discuss the evolving threat landscape.  In addition to helping inform customers, these meetings have provided me with an opportunity to learn more about how customers are managing risk within their environments.   Many of these customers...

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Watch out for Typhoon Haiyan online donation scams

The Internet is a great way to donate to typhoon survivors in the Philippines, but there are a few things you should know before you give. Watch out for online scams. Criminals have set up fake donation sites to scam generous donors who want to help. This fraud is known as phishing. Pronounced “fishing,” this is...

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Joining the Cloud Security Alliance Board

I remember receiving a call approximately four years ago, asking if Microsoft would be interested in sponsoring a new industry association focused on the burgeoning cloud computing market.  At the time, many people had not yet heard the term “cloud computing”, and I recall hearing suggestions that this was merely an existing concept getting a...

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Using SkyDrive this holiday season can help protect your personal information

It’s no surprise that the holidays are one of the busiest times of the year for online shopping.  But did you know it’s also one of the busiest times for uploading pictures to photo sharing and social media sites?  On average, more than 250 million photos per day were uploaded to Facebook alone during October,...

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Ransomware: Ways to Protect Yourself & Your Business

I want to draw your attention to a type of malicious software that has been emerging in increasing numbers in several parts of the world. “Ransomware” is a type of malware that is designed to render a computer or its files unusable until a ransom is paid to the attackers. Ransomware often masquerades as an...

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Ransomware is on the Rise, Especially in Europe

The recently published Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (SIRv15) contains a section on ransomware. Ransomware is a type of malware that is designed to render a computer or its files unusable until the computer user pays the demanded amount of money to the attacker. It often masquerades as an official-looking warning from a well-known law enforcement agency,...

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Backup the best defense against (Cri)locked files

Crilock – also known as CryptoLocker – is one notorious ransomware that’s been making the rounds since early September. Its primary payload is to target and encrypt your files, such as your pictures and Office documents. All of the file types that can be encrypted are listed in our Trojan:Win32/Crilock.A and Trojan:Win32/Crilock.B descriptions. Crilock affected...

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Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) 4.1 Released

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know about many of the ways Microsoft works to improve security in our own products and services, as well as the broader technology industry. Today, I’m pleased to share an update on another important security offering, the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET). EMET helps prevent...

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