Data Privacy Day

Privacy settings in Microsoft products
According to a Microsoft-commissioned survey for Data Privacy Day, many consumers feel they have little to no control over their data online. Microsoft urges you to use privacy tools and settings for Internet Explorer, Windows Phone 8, Xbox, and various Microsoft services.

See how we commemorated Data Privacy Day and read a message from Brendon Lynch, Chief Privacy Officer at Microsoft.


Security updates for February 12, 2013

Download 12 security updates for Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Office, Microsoft .Net Framework, Microsoft Server Software, and Internet Explorer.

Microsoft security news


Clean up Bamital botnet malware

Have you seen a page that says you might have malware on your computer? It could mean you've been infected by a botnet that was recently taken down by Microsoft and Symantec.

Safer Internet Day: 10 years of fostering digital citizenship

In conjunction with Safer Internet Day, Microsoft released results of the second annual Microsoft Computing Safety Index, a survey of online safety behaviors among computer and mobile-device users around the world.


Update Internet Explorer now

On January 14, Microsoft released a security update for Internet Explorer. Visit Windows Update to download and install the update, and make sure that you have automatic updating turned on. 


Protect your computer

Protect your computer


Should I use more than one antivirus program?

Find out how more can mean less when it comes to antivirus protection. Learn which versions of Windows include antivirus software and what to do if you want to use a different program.

Watch out for fake Java updates

You may have heard reports about security alerts for Java with urgent warnings to update your software. Do you know how to get real updates and avoid the fake ones that could contain a virus?


Take the Real vs. Rogue quiz

Download a free Facebook app from Microsoft that features an interactive quiz to help you tell if a security warning is from your real antivirus software or from rogue security software.  


Protect yourself and your family

Protect yourself and your family


Recover a hacked Microsoft account

Learn how to reset your password, and take other security measures if you think someone has hijacked your or Hotmail email account.

Watch out for prize scams

If you've received an email that says you've won a prize or a lottery, it could be fraudulent. Find out how to spot scams like this and what to do if you've already responded to one.


Secure your smartphone

Whether you use a Windows Phone or another brand, these tips can help you protect your personal, work, and financial information if your phone is ever lost or stolen.


Security resources

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