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May 12, 2014:

Windows Internet Explorer Security Patch

I mentioned talking about how to create secure passwords this week but I think I will post pone for more important information.

A flaw in Microsoft Internet Explorer has been discovered that could cause Malware to take remote control of your computer if you visit a website designed to exploit this flaw. Microsoft has issued a critical security update to fix this issue.

If you use Microsoft Windows and Internet Explorer it is critical that you update your version of IE. Check your windows settings an make sure to enable automatic windows updates. For more information on how to enable Windows Updates, check out the links below.

The new IE security patch will be made available for Automatic Update on May 13.

United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team:
http://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2014/05/01/Microsoft-Releases-Security-Update-Internet-Explorer-Use-After-Free

Windows 7:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/turn-automatic-updating-on-off#turn-automatic-updating-on-off=windows-7

Windows 8:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/turn-automatic-updating-on-off#turn-automatic-updating-on-off=windows-8

Windows Vista:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/turn-automatic-updating-on-off#turn-automatic-updating-on-off=windows-vista

Thanks to all the Oxford Town Watch Members for your continued support.

May 2, 2014:

Geo-Tagging

This may be old news to some folks but I thought worth sharing. Did you know that the photos that you post online with your smartphone could reveal your location? Its called "Geo-Tagging". If you have this feature enabled, and your GPS is turned on when you take a photo and upload it to a social media site, it's possible to determine your location when the photo was taken.

This may be a concern as a criminal could determine your home address, and possibly discover if you are away on vacation. Probably not something you want to broadcast.

So check your phone settings and make sure "Geo-Tagging" is turned off as well as your GPS when taking photos to be posted on social media.

For more information about how to turn off Geo-Tagging, check your phone manual or service provider.

Have a safe and happy spring!

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