Microsoft Beefs up Online Security Offerings

Perhaps no company in the industry is working harder than Microsoft at making sure the public knows what steps to take to secure its products.

If your servers aren't properly patched and your systems secured, it's getting harder and harder to blame Microsoft. Perhaps no company in the industry is working harder at making sure the public—both IT and at-large—knows what steps to take to secure its products.

One of the latest offerings is a monthly security newsletter, the first issue of which appeared last December. The newsletter is packed with relevant, crucial information. One example: A Q&A section asks the question "I received an e-mail telling me I should remove the Teddy Bear virus that is contained in a file named jdbgmgr.exe. Should I follow these instructions?" The file is a Microsoft java debugger file, and shouldn't be removed.

Another nifty section at the end of the newsletter details upcoming end-of-support dates for various products. For instance, support for a number of products still likely to be on many networks, including Access 97, Word 97, Excel 97 and Office 97, and FrontPage 98 and Outlook 98, had their support cut off just a few weeks ago, on Jan. 16.

News source: Mcpmag.com

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