Is This File Safe Or Malicious?

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In this age of digital communication, it’s common to receive email attachments that we open without thinking twice. But did you know that close to 1 in 25 email attachments are actually malicious? Some malicious attachments come from spam emails, which usually are easy to identify, while other emails appear harmless to the naked eye. So how do you determine if the Microsoft document or PDF file you’ve received from a job recruiter is legitimate or not?
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The End of Windows XP is Near: Here’s What to Expect

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The clock is ticking for Windows XP holdouts. Microsoft has announced that official support for Windows XP and Office 2003 ends on April 8, 2014, and users are urged to switch to a more modern operating system.

Ending support means Microsoft will no longer be releasing patches to fix vulnerabilities in the software. Even if serious issues are later found in XP or Office 2003, or if attackers target previously unknown bugs, Microsoft will not be releasing any updates after April to address them. The last update for Windows XP will be released as part of Microsoft’s April Patch Tuesday, on April 8, 2014.
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Zero-days: Exploits that Take Advantage of the Unknown

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In some ways, protecting your computer safe can be thought of the same way as protecting your home.

In both cases, you have to be concerned about people breaking in, and in both your computer and your home, you need to be sure to lock the doors and turn on the alarm. But what happens if there are doors or windows at your house that you did not realize were open? Suddenly, fortifying your home just became more complicated.
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