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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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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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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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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Microsoft Malware Protection Center – The Stuxnet Sting

For the past week or so, MSRC has been closely tracking a new family of threats called Stuxnet (a name derived from some of the filename/strings in the malware — mrxcls.sys, mrxnet.sys).  In the past few days, it has become a  popular topic of discussion amongst security researchers and in the media. First and foremost, MSRC…

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What does it mean if my version of Windows is no longer supported?

An unsupported version of Windows will no longer receive software updates from Windows Update. These include security updates that can help protect your PC from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software, which can steal your personal information. Windows Update also installs the latest software updates to improve the reliability of Windows—new drivers for your…

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How the Microsoft Azure appliance changes the cloud computing skyscape

Microsoft executive Bob Muglia said he was meeting with a chief information officer last year when the man grabbed him and said, “You don’t get it. We never want another update from Microsoft again.” The man was frustrated by the software updates a corporate customer has to install if it uses Microsoft software — security…

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Reminder: Support for Windows XP SP2 and Windows 2000 ended July 13, 2010

As Microsoft announced in 2008, support for Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) will end on July 13, 2010. Support for Windows 2000 will end on the same date. Customers running an unsupported version of Windows or Windows service pack will not be eligible for any Microsoft support options. Updates, including security updates released with…

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New Microsoft Windows cloud service for managing and securing PCs: Intune (Beta)

Windows Intune Beta Windows Intune simplifies how businesses manage and secure PCs using Windows cloud services and Windows 7—so your computers and users can operate at peak performance, from virtually anywhere. Windows Intune is a comprehensive solution that includes PC management, malware protection, Windows upgrades, and more. Use the Windows Intune cloud service beta to:…

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Microsoft Security Compliance Manager released

The Security Compliance Manager will help you accelerate knowledge to merge best practices, customize once to centralize decision making, and export to multiple formats to enable monitoring, verification, and compliance. The tool is designed to help accelerate your organization’s ability to efficiently manage the security and compliance process for the most widely used Microsoft technologies….

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