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  • Blog Post: Minister launches ThinkUKnow Presentation in Stirling, WA

    Yesterday the Minister for Justice, The Hon Michael Keenan, returned to his home electorate of Stirling, Western Australia, to launch a ThinkUKnow cyber safety presentation. The ThinkUKnow program works to educate parents, teachers and carers about the risks faced online and provide help in creating...
  • Blog Post: Safer Internet Day - Microsoft welcomes Queensland Police Services, Western Australia Police and Neighbourhood Watch Australasia to ThinkUKnow

    Microsoft welcomes Queensland Police Service, Western Australia Police and Neighbourhood Watch Australasia to the ThinkUKnow program. The partnership will help deliver more training to more parents on this extremely important topic, resulting in a safer online environment for children. We are proud to...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft & AFP online safety program, ThinkUKnow, receives the NAPCAN Outstanding Prevention Initiative Award

    Today, during National Child Protection Week (NCPW), ThinkUKnow was awarded ‘Outstanding Prevention Initiative’ by the National Children’s Commissioner, Megan Mitchell, at the National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) ‘Play Your Part’ Awards...
  • Blog Post: Parents across regional Queensland connect to ThinkUKnow

    The Department of Education, Training and Employment (DETE) together with ThinkUKnow, an initiative of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Microsoft, and supported by ninemsn and Datacom, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to deliver cyber-safety training to parents across Queensland. The...
  • Blog Post: Safer Internet Day 2013

    Safer Internet Day is an annual event organised by the European network for internet safety, Insafe . This year, Safer Internet Day will be held on 5 February and celebrated in more than 60 countries worldwide. The theme of Safer Internet Day 2013 is “Online Rights and Responsibilities”...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft welcomes Social Networking Protocol

    Microsoft today welcomed the Cooperative Arrangement for Complaints Handling announced by the Prime Minister which calls on major technology companies to work co-operatively with Government, law enforcement agencies and the community to help address the issue of online bullying. “Technology...
  • Blog Post: A little known feature making a big difference

    As part of National Cyber Security Awareness Week , we wanted to highlight one of the lesser known features in your browser that is making a big difference to the safety of Australian consumers online. It’s called SmartScreen Application Reputation and it’s a free feature switched on by default...
  • Blog Post: PhotoDNA - Science on the Side of Abused Kids

    Like many, I’ve long been a fan of the television show CSI:at least in most of its incarnations. I’ve often wondered though whether the amazing application of scientific techniques could really support law enforcement as easily as it is sometimes portrayed in the show’s episodes. Could...
  • Blog Post: Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Unveiled in the US

    At the recent Cloud Summit in Canberra the issue of consumer data privacy and empowerment, data transfers and the flow of information across borders were hot topics. Ultimately without consumer trust in the operation of cloud based services and the Internet overall, and the operation of a global service...
  • Blog Post: Tips for Safer Internet Day

    Today is Safer Internet Day around the world, an initiative that has focused attention on the possibilities of the internet as well as it’s dangers over the past years. This year the theme of the day is around the connection that the internet can make across generations as both young and old can...
  • Blog Post: Cybersmart program ‘Tagged’

    As a member of the Government's Consultative Working Group on Cyber Safety, Microsoft is pleased to highlight ‘Tagged’, a short film for teenagers that explores themes of cyberbullying, sexting and digital reputation developed by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) Cybersmart...
  • Blog Post: Classrooms across regional NSW connected to cyber safety program ThinkUKnow

    The Minister for Home Affairs and Justice, Brendan O’Connor, connected Stanmore Public School and Queanbeyan High School to the successful ThinkUKnow program using the NSW Department of Education’s ‘Connected Classroom’ technology. As part of National Cyber Security Awareness...
  • Blog Post: National Cyber Security Awareness Week 2011

    Next week marks the start of this year’s National Cyber Security Awareness Week. Microsoft is proud to be involved in nationwide events supporting the Department of Broadband Communications and Digital Economy’s initiative, Stay Smart Online . As in previous years, National Cyber Security...
  • Blog Post: NSW Department of Education and Training launches short film competition

    Recently the NSW Department of Education and Training (DET) launched the 2011 Short Film Awards to secondary students across Australia. This year’s theme is Educ8 UR M8 (educate your mate). The theme aims to motivate students to make short films that encourage their peers to think about content...
  • Blog Post: ThinkUKnow youth section arms children online

    (Joint media release from Microsoft Australia and the Australian Federal Police) Children are being better equipped to combat the dangers of predators and online risks, through the launch of the ‘youth section’ of the ThinkUKnow website today. In a joint initiative of the Australian...
  • Blog Post: Scams beware

    Stuart Strathdee, Chief Security Advisor for Microsoft Australia, discusses the technology scam targeting Australian residents. The scammers are ringing up consumers pretending to be from Microsoft, saying incorrectly there is a virus in their computer that they allege they can fix. Our advice continues...
  • Blog Post: Australian Policymakers Play Key Role in Cloud Safety

    Posted by Julie Inman-Grant Director, Privacy and Internet Safety Outreach, Trustworthy Computing The explosive growth of cloud computing services and Internet-connected mobile devices is creating exciting opportunities for users to connect, share common interests and access information. Australians...
  • Blog Post: Cybersafety Help Button

    The Cybersafety Help Button is a new Australian Government initiative designed to keep children and families safe online. It is an online resource that gives children and young people easy access to cybersafety help and information. Microsoft Australia is proud to support this initiative. The internet...
  • Blog Post: Tackling cybercrime

    Recently Stuart Strathdee, chief security advisor, Microsoft Australia, discussed the latest security report, Security Intelligence Report version 9 (SIRv9) in an interview with Sky Business News . The Security Intelligence Report is a comprehensive evaluation of the evolving threat landscape and...
  • Blog Post: National Child Protection Week

    This week the Australian Federal Police (AFP) released a new ThinkUKnow video highlighting the dangers of texting images. The video was launched to coincide with White Balloon Day and National Child Protection Week. National Child Protection Week is an initiative led by the National Association for the...
  • Blog Post: Managing and protecting software vulnerabilities

    Vulnerabilities are weaknesses in software that enable an attacker to compromise the integrity, availability, or confidentiality of that software. As long as human beings write software code, no software is perfect and mistakes that lead to imperfections and vulnerabilities in software will be made....
  • Blog Post: Our thoughts on cyber safety

    The increasing pervasiveness of the Internet opens up new opportunities as well as presenting increased challenges. One such challenge is the issue of cyber safety. In our submission to the Joint select Committee on cyber safety we have outlined our views and initiatives in this area. Among our recommendations...
  • Blog Post: Talking online safety to parents

    As part of National Cyber Security Awareness Week , Microsoft Australia in partnership with the Australian Federal Police hosted an online safety presentation, in North Ryde targeting parents, carers and teachers. The presentation is part of the ThinkUKnow program. The program’s aim is to educate...
  • Blog Post: IT security as important as locking up your office

    (Cross posted from Open Forum ) It is clear to most that the Internet provides significant benefits for individuals, business and governments. In particular, the Internet has enabled massive improvements in SME productivity from simple time saving tasks resulting from online banking through to the...
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