Tim GreeneSenior Editor, Network World

Tim Greene covers security and keeps an eye on Microsoft for Network World.

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Picture passwords promising, security researcher says

The security of Windows 8 picture passwords might not be as weak as some recent headlines indicate, and there are ways to maximize how hard they are to crack, researchers say.

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Epic Privacy Browser blocks cookies, trackers, ads and more

Hidden Reflex has introduced the Epic Privacy Browser, which it says provides faster download speeds along with its high-level security features.

NSA chief shared only part of the story at Black Hat

NSA chief's talk to hackers contradicted by revelations

Microsoft readies a tsunami of patches for Windows, IE, Office

Microsoft's Patch Tuesday for September is sizeable with a total of 14 fixes, including one critically important set for all versions of the Internet Explorer browser.

One year in, Yammer grows in importance to Microsoft

For a product once described as Twitter with a business model, Yammer is becoming more nuanced, morphing into an important feature set that will cross over among Microsoft applications.

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Windows 8.1 is ready for business, Gartner declares

Gartner is giving the thumbs up to Windows 8.1, crediting the operating system refresh with overcoming the major downsides of Windows 8.

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Microsoft's $100,000 bug bounty: Read the fine print

Microsoft is offering up to $100,000 for vulnerabilities found in Windows 8.1 that are paired with exploits, but it's pretty much up to Microsoft to decide who gets paid how much based on a set of subjective criteria.

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Brace for malware-fighting IE, Office patches

Microsoft will patch this week a vulnerability in versions 6 through 10 of Internet Explorer, plugging a hole that could be exploited with malware that takes advantage of infected machines.

Xbox One should accelerate development of learning robots

Ashutosh Saxena bought an Xbox to play computer games at home, but discovered that the Kinect motion-detection technology it includes provides a rich tool for his robotics lab where he's trying to create robots that learn what humans are up to and try to help out.

Windows 8 Update: 2nd-generation Surface tablets may debut next month

Microsoft may be revealing the second generation of its Surface tablets during its developers' conference next month, according to a printed report.

EFF: Trust Twitter--but not Apple or Verizon--to protect your privacy

Twitter and Internet service provider Sonic.net scored a perfect six in the third annual Electronic Frontier Foundation “Who Has Your Back?” report.

Windows 8's lagging phone hampers PC sales, analyst says

The problem with Windows 8 sales isn't Windows 8, it's Windows Phone 8, says a Gartner analyst.

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Microsoft prepares to patch Windows 8 on Tuesday

Windows 8 and Windows RT are subject to critical vulnerabilities that will be addressed on Microsoft's Patch Tuesday next week, both by virtue of supporting Internet Explorer 10.

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Microsoft patch targets Internet Explorer drive-by attacks

The sheer number of patches may seem daunting, but pay attention to the IE browser's vulnerabilities and fix them now.

Cisco attacks Microsoft's Lync service

Cisco declared war on Microsoft's unified communications platform, calling it incomplete.