A bit about BitLocker today on the Windows Team Blog

If there is data on your PC that you need to protect, BitLocker encryption can help to protect your files with encryption. (As noted on the Windows 7 site, BitLocker "helps keep everything from documents to passwords safer by encrypting the entire drive that Windows and your data reside on. Once BitLocker is turned on,…


Black is not the new Blue this season: more on “Black Screen” issues and the Microsoft November Security Updates

Well, Black really isn’t the new Blue this season, as some may have you believe. Over at the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) blog, Christopher posted a note on the reports of so-called “Black Screen” issues that some customers might have experienced with their systems as a result of issues with the November Security Updates……


When it comes to PC security, don’t be a victim… be a participant in your own rescue. Windows 7 can help, too.

As I Tweeted today, over the weekend I read Paul Cooke’s Windows Security Blog post on Windows 7 Vulnerability Claims. (I’ve added a few links if the terms are unfamiliar to you.) "…most people don’t knowingly have and run known malware on their system. Malware typically makes it onto a system through other avenues like…


Free download: Microsoft Security Essentials suite available now

Now available (US and Canada) is the new Microsoft Security Essentials suite, available for free, providing protection from viruses, spyware, and other malicious software for your PCs at home. Just installed the release version on my home PCs today. (Security Essentials will replace Windows Live OneCare, as I noted here this summer.) Microsoft Security Essentials…


Announcement: Microsoft Security Essentials Beta now available

The Windows Security Essentials beta is now available for download on a new Microsoft site dedicated to Security Essentials. Windows Security Essentials will replace Windows Live OneCare. The new software package will provide a basic level of antimalware and virus protection, defenses against worms, Trojan horses, rootkits and spyware. What is Microsoft Security Essentials You’re…

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Download Windows 7 RC from a trusted source – via Microsoft –and avoid peer to Peer and save yourself the security risk

As I recommended today, friends don’t let friends download bad things from peer to peer. So wait until the official downloads to the Release Candidate (RC) of Windows 7 are available. As noted online today, the Windows 7 RC posted today (April 30th) for TechNet and MSDN subscribers. Materials provided here include info on the…

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Protect yourself from the Conficker computer worm

Of interest today: Learn about the Conficker computer worm on Microsoft.com. In short, most antivirus software could detect and prevent infection. Here’s more info from the page Protect yourself from the Conficker computer worm: The Conficker worm is a computer worm that can infect your computer and spread itself to other computers across a network…

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Concerned about online privacy? So is Microsoft’s Peter Cullen. Actually, it’s his job.

There’s a new article and interview up on Microsoft PressPass with my friend and fellow Canuck Peter Cullen from Microsoft on Data Privacy Day & online privacy. (Also available at http://tinyurl.com/pcullen013009.)  The kids are in school today… did I miss a bank holiday somewhere? When asked about some of the recent research on the concept…

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Advisory: Concerned about the Conficker worm? Run the Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool

I noted on Twitter today that @nytimesscience reported on Worm impacting computers around the world (as noted here by John Markoff, January 22, 2009)…  "A new digital plague has hit the Internet, infecting millions of personal and business computers in what seems to be the first step of a multistage attack. The world’s leading computer…

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