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  • 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: One click Internet Explorer Fix it available now

    A solution has been released today by Microsoft that will update Internet Explorer. The Fix it solution is a simple, one-click action that will help protect your computer. It will not affect your ability to browse the web, and it does not require a reboot of your computer. On Saturday (September...
  • 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: The USA Patriot Act: Myth v. Reality

    (Cross posted from OpenForum.com.au ) Today, computer users – ranging from individual consumers, to small and medium-sized businesses, to the largest enterprises – are excited about the opportunities presented by cloud computing. And for good reason. Innovations in cloud technologies represent...
  • Blog Post: Data breaches and how they should be managed

    In recent times there have been some high profiles cases involving data breaches which have included telecommunication, technology, and other organisations. One of the companies involved was found to have breached the Privacy Act . So no wonder many are again revisiting a recommendation from the Australian...
  • 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: Privacy: It’s all about you

    Microsoft Australia is proud to support Privacy Awareness week which takes place from 1-7 May 2011. We recognise that privacy is a critical element of a secure computing experience. We understand that technology users have high expectations about how we collect, use, and store their personal information...
  • 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: Internet Explorer – the best browser for protection against socially engineered malware

    Here at Microsoft Australia we continue to see cyber attacks that rely on distributing socially engineered malware through phishing emails and websites, which is why it was great to see the news that Internet Explorer is the best browser to help protect users against these threats. This month in the...
  • 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: 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: Cloud Computing Report Sees Opportunities with Federal Government Action

    A report released by the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) last week (October 14) identified valuable opportunities for Australian governments, business and researchers in “cloud” computing – a business estimated to be worth $US20 billion world-wide...
  • 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: 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: Tackling the problem of cybercrime

    This week the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Communications tabled its report of the inquiry into cybercrime . Last year Microsoft presented at the public hearing of the inquiry and stated that alongside the incredible advances from technology comes the inevitable increase in the level...
  • 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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