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  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Facebook to Use Microsoft’s PhotoDNA Technology to Combat Child Exploitation

    (Cross posted from Microsoft on the Issues . Editor’s note: The following is a guest post authored by Ernie Allen, president and CEO of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children). In late 2009, I wrote on this blog about PhotoDNA , an important technological step forward in preventing...
  • 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: National Consumer Fraud Week

    Next week, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and the Australasian Consumer Fraud Taskforce (ACFT) launch National Consumer Fraud Week. This year the theme is Scams: It’s Personal and Microsoft Australia are proud to support the initiative. This time last year, I wrote about...
  • 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: Keeping Safe Online this Festive Season

    Earlier this month the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy launched their Cyber Security Festive Season Awareness Initiative , which Microsoft is proud to be supporting. With the holidays just around the corner it is important that people are taking measures to keep themselves...
  • 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: Microsoft issues warning on phone scam

    Microsoft issues warning on phone scam from Sassoon G on Vimeo . Microsoft today warned Australians to be wary of a phone scam that has left some victims hundreds of dollars out of pocket. Scammers are using several well-known brands, including Microsoft, to fool people into...
  • 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: ThinkUKnow launches in Darwin

    Today we launched “ThinkUKnow Australia” cyber-safety program in Northern Territory, at Sanderson Middle School in Malak. ThinkUKnow (TUK) is a joint initiative between the AFP and Microsoft Australia which aims to raise awareness about online safety and security issues, particularly those...
  • Blog Post: Security Update from Stuart Strathdee, Chief Security Advisor, Microsoft Australia

    Thanks for your comments on my recent blog post on GovTech. You may have also seen my interview recently, published on the Sydney Morning Herald website which also appeared on Brisbane Times , The Age and WA Today . I been reading through these comments regarding protection from fraud and just wanted...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: ThinkUKnow and Innovation Award

    This month ThinkUknow , a joint initiative between Microsoft, Ninemsn and the Australian Federal Police (AFP), was awarded the SC Magazine’s Innovation award at the AusCERT Gala dinner. The award recognises an individual or team that has changed the traditional practice of IT security. ThinkUKnow...
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