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Microsoft Security for

                                      Home Computer Users Newsletter -

                                      July 2011


Watch out

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Watch out for fake security alerts

If you're browsing the web and you see a security warning, beware. As we've reported in this newsletter, fake security warnings advertising rogue security software (also known as "scareware") are on the rise. Find out more about the risks of rogue security software and see an example of a fake alert. Then watch a video about this growing problem and what Microsoft is doing about it.

If you want to dig deeper, read the recently released Microsoft Security Intelligence Report Volume 10 with research on security threats for the second half of 2010.



Security updates for July 12, 2011

The Microsoft Security Bulletin for July includes four security updates, including two for the Windows operating system, one for Microsoft Visio, and one for the Windows Bluetooth Stack.

Microsoft security news


Facebook uses Microsoft tool to help prevent child exploitation

PhotoDNA, a technology developed by Microsoft and Dartmouth College that helps find and remove pornographic images on the Internet, is now being used by Facebook to help prevent child sexual exploitation online.


Microsoft honored at White House for online safety video

In late June, Microsoft received an award from the White House and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for an innovative online safety video. Watch the video and learn more.


Rustock report: Stopping a major source of spam

In April we reported that Microsoft, in cooperation with industry and academic partners, had taken down the Rustock botnet. This week Microsoft released new information about Rustock and the actions used to take it down. 


Protect your

                                                      computerProtect your computer


How to boost your malware defense and help protect your PC

We know malware (malicious software) is a risk. Get practical advice on how to help protect your PC from it - by building up your computer's defenses and by not being tricked into downloading malware.


How to change your home page

You can set your Windows Internet Explorer home page to any webpage that you want, and here's how. But if your home page has suddenly changed to a webpage that you didn't choose, it could be the result of malware.


Report the Microsoft phone scam

We are still getting reports of the Microsoft phone scam. If you've received a call claiming to be from Microsoft technical support, learn how to report it and other steps to take to help protect yourself. 



                                                      yourself and your

                                                      familyProtect yourself and your family


We know where you are: Geolocation security tips

Do you use your smartphone and location services (also known as "geolocation") to post where you are? Then you may want to consider these security tips.


Free online safety tips

Whether you tweet, friend, post, or follow, make practical safety habits part of your daily online routine. See free Microsoft online safety guidance on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. 


Safety tips for chatting with Facebook friends from Hotmail

Did you know that you can chat with Facebook friends from Windows Live Hotmail using Windows Live Messenger? Here's how, plus a few basic tips to help you chat more safely.

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