Remember when Internet security and computer security for our PCs was an afterthought for Microsoft? That was a few years ago…but not anymore. Microsoft Security has poured truckloads of money into making Windows computers and their users safer. They have attacked the security problem from several angles (this is not an exhaustive list).
They have moved away from the old way they addressed security weaknesses in the Windows operating system and other Microsoft software…mostly ignoring the problem until it was out of control and their public image was suffering. Now, they step up to identifying and correcting weaknesses in their products. This is evidenced in their monthly downloads of updates, most of which are security related.
They have become proactive in the fight against botnets by partnering with law enforcement organizations around the world by providing manpower and other resources to teams that have been very successful in shutting down botnets and their malware payloads.
Microsoft has made available many free, high quality, computer security products for download. Among the products available are: a firewall included with Windows, Microsoft Security Essentials – an antivirus, antispyware product, and a PC safety scanner that helps remove viruses, spyware and other malware.
They have also developed some of the best educational material that I’ve seen…and I’ve seen a lot of it. Their Microsoft Safety & Security Center website is fantastic. In addition to the overall theme of teaching computer security best practices, they also have lots of tips and how-to articles that range from how to get a security update and how to download their free security products; to how to remove malware, keep your wireless network safe, and how to stay safe from scams.
Their stuff is pretty impressive. I recommend you spend some time…as much as necessary…to educate yourself on the topic of computer security. It’ll be worth the investment of your time. Hey–if you don’t like to read, they even have lots of good information on videos.
Okay—for those of you who think by now that I’m on Microsoft’s payroll, let me say that I have no relationship with them other than using (and paying for) their products. My only motivation in writing this article is to point out that Microsoft has developed a great security environment that will teach us and protect us, and that they probably deserve an “attaboy” for doing so.
Remember, be safe out there on the Internet…it’s dangerous!
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