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Powerful, free Microsoft security tool protects before other tools can

Powerful, free Microsoft security tool protects before other tools can
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Computer security is like a constant tug of war between software developers and hackers. Microsoft, for example, works hard to make Windows as secure as possible and hackers work hard to find problems the Microsoft hasn't fixed yet.

The real score for hackers are zero-day flaws. These are flaws that shipped with Windows and no one knows exist - until the hackers take advantage of them.

A good zero-day flaw can give hackers access to your computer for days or weeks before there's fix. Even after a fix is available, many people don't update their programs and so the flaw can exist for months or years.

This is why I'm always telling you to update your software as soon as there are updates. Click here to learn how.

Third-party security software can help reduce the risk, but only to a point. Some zero-day flaws let hackers bypass a computer's security software.

That in-between time is dangerous, which is why Microsoft has a tool that can help.

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