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  • Blog Post: What you need to know about privacy and security in OneDrive

    OneDrive is free online storage that's built into Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1. Add files from your PC to OneDrive, and then easily access your photos, music, documents, and other files on all the devices you use. How you can help protect your privacy and security in OneDrive Create a strong...
  • Blog Post: What’s new with Windows Phone 8.1?

    Windows Phone 8.1 includes features that let you browse the web and use location awareness apps and other apps without losing control of your privacy and security. Turn location services on or off Location services can improve your experience in many different applications, from restaurant finders...
  • Blog Post: HOW TO: Recycle your old computers and devices for Earth Day

    Today is Earth Day. Show your love for the globe by getting rid of your old technology in the most environmentally friendly way possible. Step 1: Back up files or data you want to keep Use the backup utilities that are built into Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 to transfer files from your...
  • Blog Post: Heartbleed: What you need to know

    On April 8, 2014, security researchers announced a flaw in the software that is used to protect your information on the web. The vulnerability, known as “Heartbleed,” could potentially allow a cyberattacker to access personal information. After a thorough investigation, Microsoft determined...
  • Blog Post: Tax scams: 6 ways to help protect yourself

    We’ve received reports that cybercriminals are at it again, luring unsuspecting taxpayers in the United States into handing over their personal information as they rush to file their taxes before the deadline. Here are 6 ways to help protect yourself. 1. Beware of all email, text, or social...
  • Blog Post: Thanks to you the Microsoft #Do1Thing initiative donates $50,000 to TechSoup Global

    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...
  • Blog Post: 5 safety tips for online dating

    If you’re going to be connecting online this Valentine’s Day (or ever), follow these safety and privacy tips. Avoid catfishing . This is a type of social engineering designed to entice you into a relationship in order to steal your personal information, your money, or both. Always remember...
  • Blog Post: Do one thing to stay safer online, today and every day

    Imagine how much safer we’d all be if we each did one thing to stay safer online. As part of Safer Internet Day 2014 , we’re launching Safer Online , a new interactive website where you can share your “Do1Thing” pledge, learn what others are doing to help protect themselves...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: What are your privacy perceptions?

    To mark Data Privacy Day 2014, Microsoft released results of a survey measuring consumer privacy perceptions in the United States and Europe. According to our research, people in the United States estimate they have about 50 percent control over the way their information is used online. In Europe, it’s...
  • Blog Post: Q & A: Keeping kids safer online

    I recently sat down with Sonia Livingstone , a professor in the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics to discuss children and kids and the Internet. Q. You’ve spent the last two months at Microsoft’s Cambridge research facility. How did that opportunity...
  • Blog Post: What is HTTPS?

    HTTP stands for Hypertext Transfer Protocol. It's the language that is used to deliver information over the web, and it’s the first element you see in any URL. Most web browsers (including Internet Explorer) use an encrypted protocol called Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) to access secure webpages...
  • Blog Post: How to surf more safely

    Internet Explorer 11 is the newest web browser from Microsoft. It is included with Windows 8 and is also available for Windows 7. To give you more security and increased control over your online privacy, Internet Explorer 11 includes these features: InPrivate browsing – When you use...
  • Blog Post: Remove your personal data before you recycle your old computer or device

    Chances are good that you or someone in your life got a new PC, laptop, tablet, phone, or other device this holiday season. If you’re going to recycle, donate, or dispose of an old device, help protect your privacy by removing your personal information first. You can do this yourself, or you...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Online safety for kids with new digital devices

    We know that lots of kids will be getting new phones, tablets, laptops, gaming systems, and other digital devices this holiday season. If you’re a parent, guardian, or educator, here are some tips for helping kids stay safe. Agree on the rules. Come up with guidelines that work for your...
  • Blog Post: 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: ...
  • Blog Post: Parental controls in Xbox One

    Xbox One is the newest all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft. If you’ve already purchased one, or if you plan to, it’s a good idea to learn more about the built-in privacy and safety parental controls. Control the content your children play and watch Customize your...
  • Blog Post: 3 steps to safer online gaming with Xbox

    If your kids play games using Xbox 360 or Kinect for Xbox 360, or go on Xbox Live, you might wonder what kind of access they have to other gamers online and whether you can limit that access. Read on to find out how. 1. Adjust your privacy settings Xbox offers a number of privacy and safety settings...
  • Blog Post: Cloud security: What you need to know

    The cloud is a network of computers on the Internet—a “cloud” of computers—on which data, including yours, can be stored. When you check your email or the news, or pay bills or play a game online, you’re often accessing the cloud. Some of your personal information is also...
  • Blog Post: 5 reasons NOT to share personal information on a website

    Knowing when to trust a website depends in part on who publishes it, what information they want, and what you want from the site. Here are five reasons to think twice before sharing information with a website. 1. The site asks for personal information on a page whose URL does not start with HTTPS...
  • Blog Post: When should kids be allowed online?

    As a parent or caregiver, you probably needed only one trip to the playground to realize that children can have radically different styles of play. Just as there’s no “one size fits all” approach to helping children navigate the jungle gym, the way you talk about online safety with...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft won’t ask for your credit card to unblock your email account

    Tom asks: I’m getting messages from Microsoft about my email account. The messages say that my account is blocked and I can only unblock it with a credit card number. Is this legit? No, these messages sound like a phishing scam , a type of identity theft designed to steal your personal information...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
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