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Top 10 security stories of 2012

December 27th, 2012 No comments

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 install the update and ensure that you have automatic updating turned on.

Update your browserIn February, if you had automatic updating turned on, Windows Update automatically upgraded you to Internet Explorer 9.  Now you can get Internet Explorer 10.

Is my computer up to date? In March, you clicked on this blog entry to learn how to turn on automatic updating and to make sure that your computer had all of the latest updates.

Beware of ransomware. Nearly a year ago, a lot of you stopped by to learn about the resurgence of this scam. It launches a pop-up window warning that illegal material has been found on your computer and then locks you out of your computer unless you pay a fee. It’s still around, and we recently offered new guidance to help you deal with it.

Protect yourself from online tracking. Earlier this year we reported on Tracking Protection, which was a new feature in Internet Explorer 9. Read more about how user privacy protection has evolved and why it is turned on by default in Internet Explorer 10.

Here are five more stories that were popular with you this year:

For more information on the top online safety stories of this year, visit the Trustworthy Computing blog.
 
 

Top 10 security stories of 2012

December 27th, 2012 No comments

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 install the update and ensure that you have automatic updating turned on.

Update your browserIn February, if you had automatic updating turned on, Windows Update automatically upgraded you to Internet Explorer 9.  Now you can get Internet Explorer 10.

Is my computer up to date? In March, you clicked on this blog entry to learn how to turn on automatic updating and to make sure that your computer had all of the latest updates.

Beware of ransomware. Nearly a year ago, a lot of you stopped by to learn about the resurgence of this scam. It launches a pop-up window warning that illegal material has been found on your computer and then locks you out of your computer unless you pay a fee. It’s still around, and we recently offered new guidance to help you deal with it.

Protect yourself from online tracking. Earlier this year we reported on Tracking Protection, which was a new feature in Internet Explorer 9. Read more about how user privacy protection has evolved and why it is turned on by default in Internet Explorer 10.

Here are five more stories that were popular with you this year:

For more information on the top online safety stories of this year, visit the Trustworthy Computing blog.
 
 

Shop online with care this holiday season

November 27th, 2012 No 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 helps protect you from fraudulent shopping websites that seek to acquire personal information such as user names and passwords. Learn more about SmartScreen.

Use strong passwords for online retail sites and keep your passwords secret. Make your passwords eight or more characters. Use a combination of numbers, symbols, and uppercase and lowercase letters (the greater the variety of characters, the stronger the password). Also, make sure you don’t use the same password for all the sites you use. Check the strength of your password.

Be careful when you shop online using a public Wi-Fi connection. If possible, save your financial transactions for a secured home connection. Passwords, credit card numbers, or other financial information are less secure on a public network. If you have to make a purchase, choose the most secure connection—even if that means you have to pay for access. Learn more about Wi-Fi safety.

Get more advice for safer online shopping

Manage your privacy settings in one place

November 20th, 2012 No comments

Download security update for Internet Explorer

September 21st, 2012 No comments

Today Microsoft released a security update for Internet Explorer. To help protect your computer, visit Windows Update to download and install the update and ensure that you have automatic updating turned on.

Note: This update replaces the Fix it that we posted earlier this week. If you install this update, you do not need the Fix it. If you already installed the Fix it, you still need to install this update.

For technical details, see:

“Fix it” available for Internet Explorer

September 19th, 2012 No comments

Today we released a downloadable tool called a “Fix it” for Internet Explorer that we mentioned in this blog yesterday.

On September 21, we will release a cumulative update for Internet Explorer through Windows Update.  We recommend that you install this update immediately. If you have automatic updating enabled on your computer, you won’t need to take any action – it will automatically update your machine. This update will reinforce the issue that the Fix it addressed and it will also cover other issues.

For more information, see Security Advisory 2757760.

For tips on how to stay safe online, visit the Microsoft Safety and Security Center.

Recent Internet Explorer advisory

September 18th, 2012 No comments

Microsoft released Security Advisory 2757760 yesterday about an issue in Internet Explorer.

The Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) is actively monitoring the situation and so far the issue has impacted only an extremely limited number of people.

For more information, see Microsoft Releases Security Advisory 2757760.

Full-strength solution available soon

Within the next few days Microsoft will release an easy-to-use tool (called a “Fix it”) that you can download for free. When the Fix it is available, we will post the link to download it here on this blog. You will also find it on the MSRC blog.

For more information, see Additional information about Internet Explorer and Security Advisory 2757760.

Download free security updates for August

August 14th, 2012 No comments

Microsoft releases security updates on the second Tuesday of every month. 

The bulletin announces the release of 9 security updates:

  • 6 updates for Microsoft Windows
  • 2 update for Microsoft Office
  • 1 update for Internet Explorer

Get the updates.

Watch a video about the updates.

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Download free security updates for July

July 10th, 2012 No comments

Microsoft releases security updates on the second Tuesday of every month. 

The bulletin announces the release of 9 security updates:

  • 5 updates for Microsoft Windows
  • 3 updates for Microsoft Office
  • 1 update for Internet Explorer

Get the updates.

Watch a video about the updates.

To get more information about security updates and other privacy and security issues delivered to your email inbox, sign up for our newsletter.

How do I know if I’m running the newest version of Internet Explorer?

June 28th, 2012 No comments

Alan asks:

“How do I know if I’m running the latest version of Internet Explorer?”

To check which version of Internet Explorer you’re using:

  1. Open Internet Explorer by clicking the Start button  and then clicking Internet Explorer.
  2. Press ALT+H, and then click About Internet Explorer.

The latest version of Internet Explorer is available at Microsoft.com/IE. At the time of this writing, the latest version is Internet Explorer 9. Once you’ve downloaded Internet Explorer 9 you can get all the latest updates for this browser (as well as updates for the Windows operating system and other Microsoft software) by turning on automatic updating.

Learn more about security in Internet Explorer 9.  

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Get advance notice about June security updates

June 7th, 2012 No comments

Today the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) posted details about the June security updates. On Tuesday, June 12 at approximately 10 AM Pacific Time Microsoft will release 8 bulletins.

The easiest way to get the updates when they’re available is to turn on Windows automatic updating. For more information about how this works, see Understanding Windows automatic updating.

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 of vulnerabilities
  • Information about any detection tools relevant to the updates

Should I upgrade my web browser?

April 17th, 2012 No comments

A reader asks:

“When should I upgrade my web browser?”

If you browse the web with Internet Explorer, you should be using the most current version, which is Internet Explorer 9. It’s free and easy to upgrade. We suggest that you do it now.

Download Internet Explorer 9.

Internet Explorer 9 includes Tracking Protection, SmartScreen Filter with Application Reputation, and other features that help protect against viruses, fraud, and privacy thieves.

According to software maker Net Applications, Internet Explorer’s popularity has been increasing, while other browsers popularity decreases.

Learn more about the security improvements in Internet Explorer 9.

Note: If you’re a real geek and you like providing feedback on new products, you can download the consumer preview for Windows 8, which includes the preview version of Internet Explorer 10.

Report scams in Hotmail, Xbox, and more

February 21st, 2012 No comments

If you think you’re a target of a phishing scam or other fraud in an email, Xbox instant message, or on a website, you can report it. Most Microsoft products have built-in tools that make this easier.

Hotmail. If you receive a suspicious email message that asks for personal information, click the check box next to the message in your Hotmail inbox. Click Mark as and then point to Phishing scam.

Xbox 360. If someone is trying to phish you in Xbox 360, bring up the player profile, select File Complaint, select File Complaint again, select Text and Voice Communication and then select Text message to file a complaint, where it will be reviewed by our Enforcement Team.

Internet Explorer. While you are on a suspicious site, click the gear icon () and then point to Safety. Then click Report Unsafe Website and use the web page that is displayed to report the website.

Microsoft Office Outlook. Attach the suspicious email message to a new email message and forward it toreportphishing@antiphishing.org. To learn how to attach an email message to an email message, see Attach a file or other item to an email message.

Get more information about how to report and avoid fraud.

Protect yourself from online tracking

February 16th, 2012 No comments

Third-party websites have the ability to track your online behavior and share this information without your knowledge or consent. Tracking Protection, a new feature in Internet Explorer 9, lets you choose which third-party sites can receive your information and track you online. When you add a Tracking Protection List, Internet Explorer will prevent your information from being sent by limiting data requests to websites in the list. For more information on tracking, see this recent IE blog post: Browse Without Being Browsed.

To turn on Tracking Protection

  1. Open Internet Explorer by clicking the Start button . In the search box, type Internet Explorer, and then, in the list of results, click Internet Explorer.
  2. Click the Tools button , point to Safety, and then click Tracking protection
  3. In the Manage Add-on dialog box, click a Tracking Protection list, and then click Enable.

Update your browser

February 2nd, 2012 No comments

If you have automatic updating turned on and you’re not using the latest version of Internet Explorer that works on your computer, Windows Update will automatically upgrade you this month.  Internet Explorer 9 is Microsoft’s latest web browser with even more security features, but you can opt-out if you want.

Don’t want to wait? You can download Internet Explorer 9 yourself right now.

More information

Tips to help you stay safer when you shop online (part 1 of 3)

November 15th, 2011 No comments

Whether you start your holiday shopping on Black Friday, Cyber Monday, or right now, here are three tips to help you avoid scams and fraudulent websites when you buy gifts online.

This is part one in a three part series. Read part two and part three. And if we missed something, let us know in our comments section below.

Use an updated web browser. Check your browser to see if it provides the protection you need. Internet Explorer 9  is the newest version of the Microsoft web browser. It helps protect you when you shop online. Download Internet Explorer 9 now.

More information about Internet Explorer 9.

Use a secure website. When you enter your credit card, look for signs that the webpage is secure—a web address with https and a closed padlock beside it are good indications that the webpage is secure.

More information about secure websites.

Choose strong passwords. If you store your information at an online shopping site, make sure to choose a strong password that uses eight or more characters.

More information about strong passwords.

Get more tips on how to shop online more safely.

Is your browser keeping you safer online?

October 11th, 2011 No comments

Research in the newly released Microsoft Security Intelligence Report Volume 11 reveals how social engineering techniques contribute to the spread of computer infections. Attacks that require user-interaction (social engineering) to spread accounted for 45% of the attacks analyzed in the report.    In addition, old or out-of-date browsers are easier targets for attacks than browsers that are current.

According to data from Net Applications, 25% of all browsers are not up to date. This means approximately 340 million computers worldwide might be at increased risk of infection as a result of malware spread via social engineering techniques.    

Today Microsoft launched the website, YourBrowserMatters.org, to show how updated browsers can help to keep you safer online and why a browser is the first line of defense against infection.

Internet Explorer blocks more malware

August 30th, 2011 No comments

The independent security research and testing organization, NSS Labs, just released two reports that say Internet Explorer leads the field in protection against socially engineered malware, specifically fake links that you might see in an email or on your social networking site. 

 According to the report, Internet Explorer caught 96% of this kind of malware.

Source: NSS Labs, August 2011 – Global Socially Engineered Malware Protection

Read the full report. (PDF)

More information about how Internet Explorer 9 protects your computer from malware



Are my add-ons worth it?

July 29th, 2011 No comments

If you use Internet Explorer 9, you’ve probably noticed the new yellow notification bar. One of the things the notification bar tells you is that an add-on might slow down your computer’s performance. The notification also tells you how to disable the add-on or fix the problem.

Add-ons supplement your browser with ActiveX controls and extra features, such as toolbars.  

Some add-ons might slow down your computer, but it’s really up to you whether you want to keep using an add-on despite the slowdown. You can use the Add-On Performance Advisor to help identify add-ons that might be slowing you down.

In Internet Explorer 9, if you want to see the add-ons that are already installed, click the tools menu (gear icon ), and then click Manage Add-ons.

For more information, see:

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How to change your home page

Your Internet Explorer home page (that is, the first page you seen when you open Internet Explorer) can be set to any webpage you want. Follow the instructions below to set your home page to one you like. Note, though, that if your Internet Explorer home page has suddenly and inexplicably changed to a webpage you didn’t choose, it could be the result of malware (viruses or spyware). If you follow the directions below and your home page keeps changing back to another page, download and install Microsoft Security Essentials to help remove the malware.

To change your home page in Internet Explorer 9

  1. In Internet Explorer, navigate to the page that you want to make your home page.
  2. Right-click the Home icon  on the Internet Explorer 9 toolbar.
  3. Select Add or Change Home Page.
  4. Select either Use this webpage as your only home page, or Add this webpage to your home page tabs.
  5. Click Yes to save your changes.

To change your home page in Internet Explorer 7 and 8

  1. In Internet Explorer, navigate to the page that you want to make your home page.
  2. Click the down arrow next to the Home icon  on the Internet Explorer  toolbar.
  3. Select Add or Change Home Page.
  4. Select either Use this webpage as your only home page, or Add this webpage to your home page tabs.
  5. Click Yes to save your changes.

For more information, see Fix your hijacked web browser.