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Post subject: Microsoft Security Newsletter  PostPosted: Feb 18, 2006 - 06:39 AM

Volume 3, Number 2

February 14, 2006

Welcome to the Microsoft Security Newsletter for Home Users--a monthly newsletter bringing security news, guidance, updates, and community resources directly to your Inbox. Subscribe to the newsletter here.


Top story

Help shut the door on spyware
Formerly known as Windows AntiSpyware, Windows Defender (Beta 2) helps you stay productive by protecting your computer against pop-up ads, slow performance, and security threats caused by spyware and other unwanted software. If you own a copy of the Windows operating system, Windows Defender (Beta 2) is available at no charge, so download your copy today.


Security updates
Security updates for February 14, 2006
These security updates affect Microsoft Windows, Windows Media Player, Microsoft Office, and Internet Explorer, a component of Windows.

For people with personal computers:
Get updates automatically from Microsoft Update

Learn about the February updates

Frequently asked questions about security updates

For IT professionals:
Go to the Security Bulletin Summary on TechNet

For all others:
If you work in a connected office environment, your IT department will keep your computer up to date.


End of support for Windows 98 and Windows Me

Effective June 30, 2006, support for Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, and Windows Millennium Edition (Windows Me) will end. After this date, incident support, security updates, and custom support agreements will no longer be available. Existing support documents and content, however, will continue to be available through the Microsoft Support Product Solution Center Web sites.


Protect your computer

RATs: Remote Access Trojans and how to help avoid them
Remote Access Trojans (RATs) are malicious software programs that enable criminals to control your computer through your Internet connection. Learn four safety tips to help keep RATs away.
Security tools: Frequently asked questions
What's the difference between antivirus software and firewalls, and do you need to use both? If you have questions like these about the security tools that are available, check out this list of frequently asked questions.


Protect yourself

What is spear phishing?
"Spear phishing" is a highly targeted e-mail attack that a scammer will send only to people within a small group, such as a company. Learn how spear phishing scams work and the top five things that you can do to avoid them.
Quiz: Microsoft Office security, basic
You use Microsoft Office System programs every day, but do you really know how to use their security features to your best advantage? Take this quiz and see if you know how to let the latest Office programs work best for you.


Protect your family
Ready, set, game: Learn how to keep video gaming safe and fun for kids
If your children are playing games through the Xbox Live online game service or a similar service, they need to know how to play it safe. Here are some tips to help keep your children's online gaming experiences safe and fun.
Video: Teaching your kids about online safety
Watch this short video to find out more about what you can do to help keep your kids safer as they explore the Internet.


Security resources
• Security At Home
• RSS Feed: Get security information delivered to you
• Security Community for Home Users
• Protect Your PC: Explore security essentials for Windows
• Security Help and Support for Home Users

Other newsletters
• At Home and At Work: Tips for using your PC at home and on the job
• Exploring Windows: Latest news and tips for Windows XP
• Inside Office: Tricks and advice for working efficiently in Office
• TechNet Flash: News and information for technical pros

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