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Is your child graduating to a new digital device?
Its graduation time, and smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles, and laptops are tops on many kids’ wish lists. Whether your child is graduating from preschool or college, it’s never too late to talk with them about online safety before you hand over the new device. Set clear rules for...
27 May 2014
Get the latest version of Internet Explorer
Microsoft released an updated version of Internet Explorer this month, and it’s available as a free download on Windows 8.1, Windows 7, and Windows Phone 8.1. To increase your security and privacy, it’s important that you use the latest version of any software, but especially your web browser...
24 Apr 2014
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...
24 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
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
Think twice before you text that photo
Most of us already know this, but it’s worth repeating: When you email or text photos to another person, that person can save the pictures on his or her phone or hard drive forever. New apps like Snapchat claim that there are ways to send photos so that they will automatically “disappear...
18 Jun 2013
Top 5 online safety tips for summer
To help stay safe on your travels this summer, we recommend these Internet safety and privacy tips. Make sure your laptop or tablet has up-to-date antivirus and antispyware software installed. Windows 8 includes antivirus protection that’s turned on by default. If your computer isn’t...
4 Jun 2013
Mobile phone manners and safety habits
Last month we asked you to tell us your mobile phone pet peeves. The results are in, and 44 percent of you listed “constant phone checking” as one of the most annoying behavior among your smartphone-wielding friends. See the rest of the results Bad manners on your smartphone isn’t...
30 May 2013
Being safer when using mobile apps
From social networking to changing the channels on your TV, there are mobile apps for nearly everything you want to do. But when you install a mobile app, you need to exercise as much caution as when you download software for your computer. No matter what kind of phone you have, install apps from...
20 Feb 2013
Mobile safety tips for back to school
Are you sending your child back to school with a mobile phone, laptop, or tablet PC? Director of Microsoft Trustworthy Computing Communications, Jacqueline Beauchere, offers these tips: Set clear use limits for kids on their mobile phones. Lock kids' phones with a personal identification...
4 Sep 2012
The Microsoft community has Answers
We try to answer as many of your email messages and comment questions as we can. But if you want a faster answer (or a second opinion), try Microsoft Answers . Here, Microsoft support engineers and super geek volunteers from around the world participate in a forum for tech questions. Follow these...
21 Apr 2011
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