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MS NUads: They watch you watching them

Interactive NUads advertisements tied to the Kinect sensor will roll out in late spring, Microsoft tells CNET. But will all other Kinect apps be as privacy-sensitive?

via Microsoft readies NUads: They watch you watching them | Security & Privacy – CNET News.

Tests show Windows 8 much faster than Windows 7

One thing you’ll like about Windows 8: Even though it’s only in its preview form, it’s already faster than Windows 7. And as development proceeds, it should only get even faster.

[PC World] ran Windows 7 and Windows 8 Consumer Preview on the same machine and found that Windows 8 was 14% faster than Windows 7 on the WorldBench 7, the magazine’s comprehensive performance benchmark. It also started up 35% faster, and was 50% faster when it comes to Web performance. Windows 8 lagged behind Windows 7 in an office productivity test by 8 percent, and was essentially tied with Windows 7 for a content creation test.

via Tests show Windows 8 Consumer Preview is much faster than Windows 7 – Computerworld Blogs.

Microsoft falsely labels Chrome as malware

“Wow, that’s certainly one way to win the browser war,” said Andrew Storms, director of security operations at nCircle Security, over on Network World.

Google has released a new version of Chrome after Microsofts antivirus software flagged the browser as malware and removed it from about 3,000 peoples computers on Friday.

Microsoft apologized for the problem and updated its virus definition file to correct the false-positive problem, according to a post from Ryan Naraine at ZDNet.

“…perhaps Microsoft should have included Google, not just its customers, in its apology”.

via Microsoft falsely labels Chrome as malware | Security – CNET News.

Windows 8 to offer built-in malware protection

Microsoft is including a beefier version of its malware protection in Windows 8.

The company is tweaking its Windows Defender tool, which has been part of the last few versions of Windows, by essentially adding some of the more robust features from its free Security Essentials product. Launched in 2009, Security Essentials has garnered generally positive reviews but requires a separate download, while the built-in Windows Defender has lacked certain key elements as a defense against malware.

At a demo of Windows 8’s security at Microsoft’s Build conference on Tuesday posted by The Register, Steven Sinofsky, president of the Windows and Windows Live division, said that “we’ve taken Defender, and we’ve actually built a whole new range of protection, all the way up through anti-malware, antivirus, all that is built into Defender.”

via Windows 8 to offer built-in malware protection | Security – CNET News.

May 2011 Patch Tuesday Security Bulletins | eEye Digital Security

This month, Microsoft released 2 patches which repair a total of 3 vulnerabilities. Both of these patches address Remote Code Execution vulnerabilities.

via Patch Tuesday Security Bulletins | eEye Digital Security.

Out-of-band patch: MS warns of hack attempt on major sites

Microsoft issued a warning today that nine fraudulent digital certificates were issued by root certificate authority, Comodo Group. Although the certificates were quickly revoked, their initial release still poses a threat to browser users, including users of Internet Explorer. This is not a security flaw in Microsoft software, the company says, but it released a security update for Windows all the same.

The nine fake certificates affect the following Web sites, Microsoft says:

  • (Windows Live)
  • (3 certificates)
  • “Global Trustee”

Fraudulent certificates give hackers the ability to spoof content, phish, or insert themselves in man-in-the-middle attacks, collecting information that users think is being sent over a secure link from browser to Web site.

via Network World.

eEye’s analysis of February’s Patch Tuesday

This month, Microsoft released 12 patches which repair a total of 22 vulnerabilities. 5 of these patches address Remote Code Execution vulnerabilities, 5 address Elevation of Privilege, 1 addresses Denial of Service, and 1 addresses Information Disclosure.

via eEye Digital Security.

10 things network admins need to know about Windows Phone 7

You’ve probably heard that Windows Phone 7 is not really a good option for deployment.   Here’s an article that explains why…  And here is one striking point:

8: It’s really a consumer device

When you read about the missing ActiveSync policies, you might have wondered why so many policy settings aren’t supported by Microsoft’s latest mobile operating system. Microsoft’s official answer to this question is that Windows Phone 7 was developed primarily as a consumer device, not an enterprise device. However, Microsoft hints that more enterprise features may show up in future phone updates.  [Emphasis mine – jm]

Given the poor perception of Microsoft in the consumer realm (at least in my opinion),  it would have seemed better to drive consumer demand via enterprise deployment.

via 10 things network administrators need to know about Windows Phone 7 | TechRepublic.

Microsoft warns of new Windows zero-day bug

Microsoft [Friday] warned Windows users of a new unpatched vulnerability that attackers could exploit to steal information and dupe people into installing malware.

In lieu of a patch, Microsoft recommended that users lock down the MHTML protocol handler by running a “Fixit” tool it’s made available… from from Microsoft’s support site.

via Microsoft warns of new Windows zero-day bug in Network World

Google vs. Bing: The Fallacy Of The Superior Search Engine

Very interesting stuff!

[The author] evaluated 20 different searches split evenly between Transactional and Informational queries and the search engines’ ability to deliver quality results, admitting that quality is a very subjective term, but includes things like timeliness, 1 click access to info, volume of content and lack of spam.

Look at the article to see why Bing won.  Via Google vs. Bing: The Fallacy Of The Superior Search Engine.

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