(Christ is Risen!)
"Is Skydrive suitable as a place to sync/save sensitive information (e.g. tax/financial records) or is it just really for things like photos, unimportant Office files etc? It would make things simpler for me if I could use Skydrive to sync all my files including the sensitive ones, but I am hesitating on security grounds."In retrospect, my immediate reaction to the question was short-sighted:
"Short answer: Yes, sensitive documents (e.g. tax/financial records) saved to SkyDrive are secure. The only way to access those files is by secure logon with your Microsoft Account.Why, after reconsideration, do I consider my response short-sighted? Let's take a closer look at transporting and accessing files on SkyDrive.
That raises the reminder of ensuring that a strong/unique password is used for your Microsoft Account. For additional information regarding a strong password, see Password Generator & Checker | How Secure is my Password.
Additionally, regardless of whether anyone uses SkyDrive or not, I strongly recommend taking the steps to protect your account. This article written for "Hotmail" equally applies to the revamped Outlook.com: Hotmail Security to Protect and Recover Your Account ~ Security Garden."
Important: Be careful to note somewhere offline the password used to protect your Office files. There is no way that Microsoft can help you retrieve forgotten passwords.
"Some examples of methods that will protect your data on SkyDrive include:For particularly sensitive information, I suggest you read both How secure are files on SkyDrive? and Microsoft account, Hotmail, SkyDrive.
- Password protected RAR or 7Z archives
- Password protected Office 2010+ documents or
- PDF documents with AES-256 encryption PGP-encrypted files"
Windows 7 32-bit (x86)
Windows 7 64-bit (x64)
|Bulletin Number||Bulletin Title||Bulletin KB|
|MS13-021||Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer||2809289|
|MS13-022||Vulnerability in Microsoft Windows||2814124|
|MS13-023||Vulnerability in Microsoft Office||2801261|
|MS13-024||Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office||2780176|
|MS13-025||Vulnerability in Microsoft Office||2816264|
|MS13-026||Vulnerability in Microsoft Office||2813682|
|MS13-027||Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows||2807986|
With today's Windows Update, Internet Explorer 10 in Windows 8 and Windows RT is being updated to enable Flash content to run by default. On Windows 8, all Flash content continues to be enabled for IE on the desktop. Additional information is available in the IE Blog post, Flash in Windows 8.
Adobe Flash Player was updated today to address critical security vulnerabilities. These updates address vulnerabilities that could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.
Windows and Macintosh: 11.6.602.180
Android 4x: 188.8.131.52
Android 3x and lower: 184.108.40.206
Adobe AIR 220.127.116.1190
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