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Thanks to you the Microsoft #Do1Thing initiative donates $50,000 to TechSoup Global
Kim Sanchez, Director of Trustworthy Computing
On Safer Internet Day , February 11, 2014, Microsoft launched the interactive Safer Online website . Every time you made your #Do1Thing promise or shared the website with your social circles, Microsoft made a donation to TechSoup Global . In less than 24 hours, so many of you promised to #Do1Thing...
11 Mar 2014
The best time to change your password is now
You can reduce your chances of being hacked by regularly changing the passwords on all the accounts where you enter financial or other sensitive information. Set an automatic reminder to update passwords on your email, banking, and credit card websites every three months. Different sites have different...
30 Jan 2014
10 New Year’s resolutions for your digital devices and your online life
It’s a new year, which means it’s time to resolve to create healthier habits in our daily lives. But we don’t have to stop at just improving our body, mind, and spirit. It’s also a good idea to resolve to keep our PCs, laptops, smartphones, and social networking sites healthy...
31 Dec 2013
Online safety tips for travelers
If you’re travelling this holiday season and you plan to be online, here are a few ways to protect yourself and your family: Before you go, make sure all your software (and especially your antivirus software) is up to date. Learn how to get security updates automatically . Be careful with...
19 Dec 2013
Shop for gifts online more safely
If you want to stay home and avoid the crowds this holiday season, you can do all your shopping online. But before you log on, make sure you know how to identify websites that won’t compromise your privacy. Before you enter your credit card number, check for signs that a site is safe: ...
13 Dec 2013
7 ways to avoid TMI
Technology can make everything in our lives easier—including sharing too much information (TMI). Just because you can take a picture of your new credit card and post it on Instagram doesn’t mean that you should. In fact, you shouldn’t. Sharing too much information can lead to identity...
23 Jul 2013
3 ways to help protect your Microsoft account
A Microsoft account—formerly known as a Windows Live ID—is the combination of an email address and a password that you use to sign in to services such as Xbox LIVE and Outlook.com, as well as devices such as Windows Phone and computers running Windows 8. If you think your Microsoft account...
18 Jul 2013
Catfishing: Are you falling for it?
The news is filled with stories about people, famous and otherwise, getting caught in online dating scams. The phenomenon is so common that it now has a name: Catfishing. The term catfishing comes from the 2010 movie Catfish about a man who was lured into a relationship by a scammer who was using a fake...
20 Jun 2013
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
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