7 Precautions for Protecting Against Perpetrators

Cyberattacks and data breaches continue to dominate the news globally. The reality is that most organizations face the same often reported threats and are carrying on their work towards counteracting those risks. Some organizations victimized by cybercriminals have shared information publicly. Others have chosen to conduct investigations and share information about the attack in a more limited way, or not at all. As a result, media themes related to cyberattacks … Read more »

Congratulations! You’ve won $800,000!!

Well, maybe not. But that’s just one of the many ploys that scammers send in their relentless efforts to part people from their money or sensitive personal information like passwords and account numbers. Microsoft is asking people to take a survey of their experience with online fraud—what kinds of scams they’ve encountered (including those on mobile devices and Facebook), how concerned they are about online or phone fraud, and what … Read more »

5 passwords you should never use

This is part three of three posts on stronger passwords. Part 1: Create stronger passwords and protect them Part 2: Do you know your kids’ passwords? The news is filled with stories about hackers cracking passwords. You can help avoid being a victim by never, ever using these passwords: Password. Believe it or not, this is still a common password. Don’t use it. Letmein. We recommend that you use passphrases … Read more »

Do you know your kids’ passwords?

This is the second of two blog posts on password protection. Read Part 1: Create strong passwords and protect them. Whether or not you should know all of your kids’ passwords depends on their age, how responsible they are, and your parenting values. However, kids of any age and responsibility level need to know how to create strong passwords and how to protect those passwords. Sharing is great, but not … Read more »

Create stronger passwords and protect them

All week we’ll be posting our best guidance on how to create, protect, and manage your passwords. Passwords are your first line of defense against hackers. Pick passwords that are difficult to crack but easy for you to remember. What does “difficult to crack” mean? Each time cybercriminals hack into a database of passwords, they learn more about the kinds of passwords that people use. (Come back on Friday to … Read more »

Why do I have to update my email account information?

We’ve noticed comments from many of you asking why we want you to verify your Microsoft security information. We’d like to explain why verifying this information is important. To help protect your email account and your personal data, we ask everyone who has a Microsoft account to make sure that the security information associated with their account is correct and up to date. When your security information (like an alternate … Read more »

Back-to-school checklist: Clean up my digital life

Ever wonder what your online image says about you? Do you constantly “check in” on social media, take daily selfies, or post the latest images of your kids? In an era of seemingly non-stop online sharing of our thoughts, images, and experiences, it’s important to understand the lasting impact our digital actions have on us and those around us. US households have an average of 5.7 devices for personal and … Read more »

Get security updates for August 2014

Microsoft releases security updates on the second Tuesday of every month. How to check for the latest updates. This bulletin announces the release of security updates for Windows, Microsoft Office, and other programs. Learn how to get security updates automatically For IT Pros: Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for August 2014 To get more information about security updates and other privacy and security issues delivered to your email inbox, sign up for our newsletter. … Read more »

Get advance notice about August 2014 security updates

Today, the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) posted details about the August security updates. If you have automatic updating turned on, most of these updates will download and install on their own. Sometimes you may need to provide input for Windows Update during an installation. In this case, you’ll see an alert in the notification area at the far right of the taskbar—be sure to click it. In Windows 8, Windows will … Read more »