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Windows Vista SP1 For All Supported Languages

April 17, 2008

Microsoft released Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) to Windows Update or for download of the standalone installer from the Microsoft Download Center (x86 and x64) for any of the 36 supported languages.

References:

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SunJava SE Update 6

April 17, 2008

Update 6 has been released by SunMicrosystems for Java SE.

I do not have Java installed on my home computer. It has been a year without the SunJava update headaches and I have yet to find anything that has not performed properly due to this bit of freedom I have experienced without it. However, I know there are many others who use SunJava so have updated the widely used tutorial, SunFlowers and SunJava Update to reflect the latest release.

Note: If you do not have the Google Toolbar installed on your computer, it may be offered with the update. Be sure to UNcheck the option if you do not want the toolbar.

References:

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Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for April 2008

April 8, 2008

Microsoft released the Security Bulletin for April, 2008. In addition to an updated version of the Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool, there were five critical and three important security update released.

Critical

Important

References:

TechNet: Microsoft Security Bulletin for April 2008

MSRC Blog: April 2008 Monthly Release

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Happy 2nd Anniversary, Security Cadets!

April 8, 2008

Congratulations to Security Cadets on reaching your second anniversary from your friends at BFC Computer Help.

Congratulations, Security Cadets!

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What’s New at BFC?

April 7, 2008

Most of the computer forums I frequent are mainly Windows-centric.  BFC Computer Help has added a new twist to the Computer Help & Information forum.  The staff has begun providing information and support for Alternative Operating Systems.

The most recent addition includes a collection of helpful links to an array of topics, including links to Linux support sites, information on dual booting, migrating from Windows to Linux, and much more.  If this is information you have been looking for, see the complete information at Alternative OS links, Info & support sites.  Support for Mac’s & Linux problems and questions are available.

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User Account Protection

April 7, 2008

Windows Vista includes a feature called User Account Protection (UAP).  The purpose of UAP is to help cut down on any malicious software applications from running on your computer.  In addition, it will help prevent the beginner computer users from changing critical settings on a computer.

To learn how to use shut down, manually adjust UAP and suggested settings, see the instructions in User Account Control.

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“How Do I?”

April 7, 2008

Hat tip, Roddy32:

MSDN provides a number of “How Do I” videos on various security issues for developers. As described at the site:

Here you’ll find videos that explore a variety of security questions for developers, including encryption, handling attacks, security best practices, and a lot more. New videos are added regularly, so check back often.

You can find the videos at the MSDN Security Development Center.