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  • Blog Post: What is a trusted device?

    When you try to view or edit your credit card details or other sensitive information in your Microsoft account, you might need to enter a security code first, to make sure that only you can get in to your account. But you can designate a computer or other device as a trusted device . On trusted devices...
  • Blog Post: Do you know what your children are doing online?

    This week in the UK, Microsoft launches the Safer Families program for parents to help their kids stay safer online. According to recent Microsoft research*: 98 percent of UK parents with children at home agree that protecting their children online is necessary, yet almost 50 percent have not...
  • 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: 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: 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: Fraud alert: Free "Xbox points"

    Although Microsoft was founded 38 years ago this month, don't fall for a widespread scam that offers free “Xbox points” for wishing the company a happy birthday. Online offers that seem too good to be true probably are. Learn more about common scams that use the Microsoft name . One way...
  • Blog Post: Top 10 security stories of 2012

    From the latest scams and fraud to how, when, and why to update your computer, here are the stories that you viewed and clicked on the most this year. Download security update for Internet Explorer . In September, Microsoft released a security update for Internet Explorer. To help protect your computer...
  • Blog Post: 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.
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Report scams in Hotmail, Xbox, and more

    If you think you’re a target of a phishing scam or other fraud in an email, Xbox instant message, or on a website, you can report it. Most Microsoft products have built-in tools that make this easier. Hotmail. If you receive a suspicious email message that asks for personal information, click...
  • Blog Post: Don’t be fooled by fake Halo 4 beta sites

    Microsoft’s Halo 4 Xbox video game won’t be released until December 2012, but some scammers are already launching fake Halo 4 beta websites designed to trick you into giving away your personal information or installing malicious software. Don’t be fooled. Get tips on how to report...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Free downloads for Safer Internet Day

    This year Microsoft supports Safer Internet Day by offering free events, research, and downloads to help parents, educators, and caregivers better understand kids and the video games that they play. To see Microsoft's latest online gaming research, visit Safer Internet Day 2011 . Free downloads...
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