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Meltdown & Spectre: Microsoft releases emergency patches, US-CERT says to replace CPU

Two major vulnerabilities in processors — Meltdown and Spectre — affect most modern systems. Security advisories and patches are being issued.

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17 steps to being completely anonymous online

The default state of internet privacy is a travesty. But if you're willing to work hard, you can experience the next best thing to absolute internet anonymity.

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What are shielded virtual machines and how to set them up in Windows Server

Virtualization can expose data and encryption keys to hackers. Microsoft's shielded virtual machines and Host Guardian Service locks them down.

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Infected with malware? Check your Windows registry

Auditing your registry can turn up telltale signs on malware infection. Here's how to monitor the registry keys that matter using Microsoft's Sysinternals Autoruns.

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Build an ultra-secure Microsoft Exchange Server

Yes, it's possible to do a Microsoft Exchange Server deployment that is secure enough for all but the most sensitive information. Here's how to do it.

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Malware detection in 9 easy steps

Hey Windows users: Here's how to get the incredible power of 67 antivirus engines with no performance impact on your computer

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How to prevent data loss with Windows Information Protection

Looking for a solution to keep company data out of the wrong hands? Windows 10's WIP might be the best option. Here's how WIP works.

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6 new and noteworthy security features in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

The Fall Creators Update for Windows 10 debuts tools and changes that affect computer security. Here’s how to access them.

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BlueBorne is Bluetooth's Stagefright moment

The scariest thing about BlueBorne, the attack vector that uses Bluetooth to spread across devices, isn't what it can do, but rather just how many similar vulnerabilities may be lurking that we don't yet know about.

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5.3 billion devices at risk for invisible, infectious Bluetooth attack

Meet the BlueBorne attack vector; patch or turn off Bluetooth, as this is a wormable threat that spreads through the air without requiring user interaction.

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How to detect and remove a rootkit in Windows 10

Rootkits are a particular insidious form of malware because they load before an operating system boots and can hide from ordinary antimalware scans and protection. Their ability to elude detection also makes them extraordinarily...

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Free course: Windows virus and malware troubleshooting

Learn how to identify, block and remove malware from Windows PCs.

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The 10 Windows group policy settings you need to get right

Configure these 10 group policy settings carefully, and enjoy better Windows security across the office

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NotPetya ransomware hits hospitals, while Shadow Brokers touts its July VIP service

U.S. hospitals were hit by the NotPetya ransomware—despite a vaccine already being available—while the Shadow Brokers touts its July dump of the month and its VIP service.

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Microsoft plugs another critical hole in Windows Defender

Microsoft patched a critical RCE vulnerability in its Malware Protection Engine that could have been exploited without any user interaction.

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It's time to update XP, Windows Server 2003 despite Microsoft's emergency patch

Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 are supposed to be dead, but Microsoft's emergency update to address serious vulnerabilities gives organizations another excuse to hang on to these legacy operating systems a little longer.

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Paying the WannaCry ransom will probably get you nothing. Here's why.

Last Friday’s massive WannaCry ransomware attack means victims around the world are facing a tough question: Should they pay the ransom? Those who do shouldn't expect a quick response -- or any response at all. Even after payment, the...

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Microsoft patches Windows XP and Server 2003 due to WannaCrypt attacks

On Friday evening, Microsoft released patches for Windows XP, Server 2003, and Windows 8, after those systems were infected with Ransomware on Friday. WannaCrypt, a variant of WannaCry Ransomware, used previously leaked NSA tools to...

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A 'kill switch' is slowing the spread of WannaCry ransomware

Friday’s unprecedented ransomware attack may have stopped spreading to new machines -- at least briefly -- thanks to a "kill switch" that a security researcher has activated.

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Microsoft finally bans SHA-1 certificates in Internet Explorer and Edge

The Tuesday updates for Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge forces those browsers to flag SSL/TLS certificates signed with the ageing SHA-1 hashing function as insecure.

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