Microsoft's Personal Security Advisor certainly can't replace a well-designed set of group policies and a strong initial Windows and Office installation, but the free Web-based app can give you a quick-and-dirty security audit in just a few seconds
While DDOS attacks have become more prevalent and more varied, users' defenses have changed little-shut off the flow of traffic, call your service provider and ask for filters, then hold your breath and hope it works.
Unless you've been hiding under a rock for the past few weeks, you've probably heard all you ever wanted to know about the so-called "Code Red" crisis that's been clogging networks worldwide since its discovery on July 19.
Insurance broker J.S. Wurzler Underwriting Managers has started charging up to 15 percent more in premiums to clients that use Microsoft's Internet Information Server software, which the Code Red worm feasted on.