Windows 7 almost five times more secure than XP

CNET: Windows 7 almost five times more secure than XPThose are the findings of Microsoft’s latest Security Intelligence Report, which detailed in depth the state of software vulnerabilities, exploits, security breaches, and malware in 2010.http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-20063220-83.html#ixzz1MXpezMKz Microsoft SIR Report – Volume 10Direct download (PDF) or Microsoft webpage:http://www.microsoft.com/security/sir/ What is SIR: The Security Intelligence Report (SIR) is…

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Germany provides a secure way to deal with spam

“In theory, stopping spam is easy: just make it uneconomic to send millions of messages by charging for each one sent, or make senders authenticate their identity to stop address spoofing and simplify blocking. In practice, that would involve building a secure, parallel email infrastructure linking electronic authentication with real-world identities: a daunting task. Yet…

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Windows 7 Security Primer

Good series of articles about Windows 7 security:http://www.windowsecurity.com/articles/Windows-7-Security-Primer-Part1.htmlhttp://www.windowsecurity.com/articles/Windows-7-Security-Primer-Part2.htmlhttp://www.windowsecurity.com/articles/Windows-7-Security-Primer-Part3.html These articles cover the fundamental information how to secure Windows 7 and some of the lesser known security functionality it provides. – Urs  

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Hold on to Your Keys!

There have been a few recent incidents of what we previously thought was extremely rare — malware authors using code signing certificates that were issued to companies with good reputations. The high-profile Stuxnet incident included validly signed malware with misappropriated Authenticode certificates from two Taiwanese companies. More recently, it appears a U.S. credit union lost…

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A strong Password isn’t the strongest Security

Make your password strong, with a unique jumble of letters, numbers and punctuation marks. But memorize it — never write it down. And, oh yes, change it every few months… Yes, that’s it? Or not?  “Keeping a keylogger off your machine is about a trillion times more important than the strength of any one of…

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Microsoft Freshens Retro Code Lock-Down Tool

Microsoft has released a new version of a software tool that developers and administrators can use to harden older applications against common vulnerabilities. Short for Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit, EMET version 2.0 brings several new protections to operating systems and applications such as Windows XP or Internet Explorer 6, which remain widely used even though…

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Microsoft releases Windows Phone 7 to manufacturers (RTM)

Security relevant? Not sure… Fun? Definitely! Can’t await mine… 😉But to still give it a security touch, let’s put this under ‘Consumerization of IT’. http://www.cnet.com/8301-17918_1-20015314-85.html?tag=mncol;1n -Urs  

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Microsoft Releases SDL Docs with Creative Commons License

[PCMag] In the last several years, for the most part, Microsoft “got” the importance of security and took it to heart. One of the main points they got was that it was in their interest for all the software running on Windows systems (the Windows “ecosystem”) to be secure, so they have been increasingly less…

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Anti-DoS Dynamic IP Restrictions for IIS 7.0 Hits Beta2

Microsoft has made available for download the second Beta development milestone of an anti-DoS extension for version 7.0 of Internet Information Services [IIS]. The Microsoft Dynamic IP Restrictions for IIS 7.0 has reached Beta2 and is up for grabs via the Microsoft Download Center in two flavors, 32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x64). http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=a0920a32-b63d-4e13-8e42-7ad7ad9b3168 The Dynamic…

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