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Security Trends in the New Year

Security trends in the new year


From fighting fraud and blocking viruses to taking a stand against online bullying, this was an exciting year in online safety and security.


To review the past year's online safety and security highlights, you can download our first Year in Online Safety report and read our blog about the 10 most popular security stories of 2012. And be sure to check out the Microsoft milestones video.

Security updates for January 8, 2012

Download the January security updates for Microsoft .NET Framework, Microsoft Developer Tools, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Server Software, and Microsoft Windows.

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New Year's resolutions for your computer

Learn about stronger passwords, automatic updating, antivirus protection, and other strategies to help protect your privacy and safety online in the year ahead.


Virus protection: Real or Rogue?

The recently launched Real vs. Rogue Facebook app from Microsoft features an interactive quiz to help you tell if a security warning is from your real antivirus software or from rogue security software.


U.S. and EU Commit to a Safer Web for Kids

Read about the United States and the European Union signing a Joint Declaration to help young people reduce the risks and maximize the benefits of using the Internet.


Protect your computer

Protect your computer


Help protect your PC with Microsoft Security Essentials

Microsoft Security Essentials helps defend your computer against viruses, worms, Trojans, and other malicious software and provides you with free spyware protection.

Help boost your malware defense

The best kind of protection for your computer is preventive. Get our best tips on helping you guard it from malicious software and other online threats.


Security in Internet Explorer 10

Internet Explorer 10 is the newest web browser from Microsoft. It comes with Windows 8 and will soon be available if you're running Windows 7. Learn more about its enhanced security features. 


Protect yourself and your family

Protect yourself and your family


Make room for a new PC

Maybe you or someone in your household received a new computer or other device recently? Learn how to get rid of your old one without compromising your privacy.


6 tips to help you stay safer online

Learn essential steps to take to help defend your computer, protect sensitive personal information, keep your passwords secret, and protect your family on the Internet.


How your personal information gets online

Once data gets published online (whether by you, your friends, or an outside organization), it is effectively there forever. Get tips on managing your online presence.


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