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Help your mother be safer online
A great Mother’s Day gift idea: help your mom guard against viruses , fraud , and identity theft . Unless she's a super geek or an IT professional (or both), we know she’ll appreciate it. Make sure that your mother: Has antivirus software from a trusted source and knows how to keep...
7 May 2013
Privacy is our priority
Microsoft has long believed that you should get to decide what information you share online and what you keep private. That’s why we've made privacy settings for our products a priority. Learn how Microsoft can help you protect your online privacy . Privacy in Internet Explorer 10 Internet...
2 May 2013
Outlook.com is officially launched
Outlook.com (formerly Hotmail ) is the newest version of free webmail from Microsoft. More than 60 million people have signed up for it since we released the beta version last summer. Whether you make the transition from Hotmail to Outlook.com now or wait to be automatically upgraded, you can keep...
26 Mar 2013
Filing taxes? Beware of scams
It’s tax season in the United States, which means it’s time for us to remind you about tax scams—especially email messages that appear to come from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or another legitimate organization. These seemingly valid offers are designed to trick you into turning...
26 Feb 2013
Help! My email’s been hacked
If you use Outlook.com or Hotmail and think your account has been hacked , you should act right away to help protect your Microsoft account . If you can still access your Microsoft account, sign in and immediately change your password. For Outlook.com, go to the Password and Security section; for...
22 Feb 2013
What is a Microsoft account?
A Microsoft account (formerly known as a Windows Live ID) is a single email address and password you use to sign in to various Microsoft products and services. If you have a device that runs Windows 8 or Windows RT or you use a service like Hotmail, Outlook.com, or Xbox LIVE, you probably already have...
14 Feb 2013
The best New Year’s resolutions for your PC
Perhaps you're making wise plans to lose weight, exercise more, or quit smoking in 2013? While you’re at it, you can follow our resolution recommendations to help protect your privacy and safety online. Make sure all your passwords are strong , and change them regularly. Use long phrases...
1 Jan 2013
Shop online with care this holiday season
Holiday shopping is in full swing and so are the scams. The following tips can help you stay safe when you shop online. Use a modern browser. Internet Explorer 9 and Internet Explorer 10 (available with Windows 8) include the SmartScreen filter. SmartScreen helps protect you from fraudulent shopping...
27 Nov 2012
Manage your privacy settings in one place
You will now find it easier to manage privacy settings in Internet Explorer, Xbox, and other selected Microsoft products. You can also review Microsoft privacy statements , view and edit your personal data dashboard , and learn about privacy features . Control your privacy settings.
20 Nov 2012
Have you changed your passwords recently?
Several high-profile companies recently reported that user passwords had been stolen from their sites. If you use these sites you should login and change your password. Even if you don’t use these sites, it’s a good idea to regularly change your passwords. Here are more ways to protect...
19 Jun 2012
Help, I’ve been hacked!
A reader named Karen asks: “I received a message in my Hotmail inbox that said that I’d been hacked and I should change my password. How do I do this?” If you think your Hotmail account has been hacked, go to the Reset your password page. Karen didn’t say whether the...
26 Apr 2012
Help mom stay safer online
Maybe she wants flowers, but a more practical gift this mother’s day might be to make sure your mom knows some basic rules about keeping your computer updated and creating strong passwords . Read our six basic online safety tips . You can also download the tips in an easy-to-print card for...
24 Apr 2012
Online gaming helps senior citizens get fit and have fun
Seniors in Los Angeles are getting into the social gaming craze. The new “Exergamers Wellness Club” combines exercise, health education, and overall health tracking. Microsoft Kinect for Xbox 360 serves as the exercise platform and HealthVault helps the seniors store and track their health...
5 Apr 2012
Make room for your new PC, laptop, or Xbox
Did you get a new computer or gaming system for the holidays and you want to get rid of your old one? Make sure you clear all the old files from your old PC before you recycle it. That way, if it falls into the wrong hands, a criminal won’t be able to access your personal information. If you want...
3 Jan 2012
New Xbox? Protect your account
Whether your family is getting a new Xbox this holiday season or you want to upgrade the security on your current Xbox, here are our top tips. Password protect your Xbox LIVE profile. Use a strong password to protect your profile. This is especially important if you or your family plan to download...
20 Dec 2011
Stay safer when you shop online (part 3 of 3)
For the third and last installment in our series on how to stay safer when you shop online this holiday season, we have a few tips on what to do if you think you might already be a victim of a shopping scam . Check your statements. If you think you might have given away personal or financial information...
25 Nov 2011
Tips to help you stay safer when you shop online (part 1 of 3)
Whether you start your holiday shopping on Black Friday, Cyber Monday, or right now, here are three tips to help you avoid scams and fraudulent websites when you buy gifts online. This is part one in a three part series. Read part two and part three . And if we missed something, let us know in our...
15 Nov 2011
Beware of “confirm your account” scams
Last week a member of our team shared a phishing scam that she’d received in her personal email account. The bogus email claims to come from Microsoft and asks the recipient to respond to the email with their user name and password to avoid permanent cancellation of their account. This is a...
1 Nov 2011
Find your lost or stolen Windows Phone
You probably already know how to help keep your personal information safe on the Internet . But what about everything that’s stored on your smart phone ? If your Windows Phone is stolen or if you lose it, you can make your phone ring, you can lock it, erase the contents, or show your phone on...
20 Oct 2011
Skype security tips
You might have heard that Microsoft is in the process of buying Skype , the popular Internet video and voice communications company. We thought this would be a good time to show you how to be more secure and help protect your privacy when you use Skype. Here are our top tips: Adjust your privacy...
4 Oct 2011
Recover your Hotmail account
We recently received this email: “My Hotmail account was hacked and taken over by the classic ‘I'm in London and I’ve been mugged’ scam . It appears that the hacker has changed the basic verification information on the account and every attempt to reset the password throws...
21 Sep 2011
Remove personal files from your PC
Last month, we told you how to recycle an old PC more safely. We suggested that you use an authorized refurbisher or disk-cleaning software to make sure that all of your personal information was removed from your computer before you gave it away. Since we posted that information, we’ve received...
15 Sep 2011
Follow the latest privacy and online safety news
The official Twitter account for the Microsoft Privacy team has relaunched at twitter.com/MSFTPrivacy. @MSFTPrivacy was launched for us to engage in real-time with our privacy community. We will use this channel to talk about privacy issues, while raising awareness of Microsoft’s approach to...
26 Jul 2011
Computer security tales of woe: What’s yours?
I recently received two email messages from people who had been the victims of cybercrime. These people weren’t just readers of our blog—they work on our team. That means that they spend almost every day thinking about viruses , online fraud , security updates , and other issues of computer...
19 May 2011
Why you need a strong password
These days almost everything online requires a password. You already know that you should use complicated passwords and that you shouldn't use the same password for every account. Here are more tips on how to create stronger passwords and how to test your password strength . If you want to know why...
27 Apr 2011
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