Minister launches ThinkUKnow Presentation in Stirling, WA

Yesterday the Minister for Justice, The Hon Michael Keenan, returned to his home electorate of Stirling, Western Australia, to launch a ThinkUKnow cyber safety presentation.  The ThinkUKnow program works to educate parents, teachers and carers about the risks faced online and provide help in creating a safer online experience for our youth and children. Since the pilot…


Helping children become safe and secure online

Microsoft takes the safety of children online seriously. Through our partnership with the AFP & Datacom on the ThinkUKnow program in Australia, we aim to educate parents on how they can keep their children safe online every day of the year.  Microsoft partners with the Australian Government to support the Stay Smart Online initiative. Stay Smart Online Week will be held…


Safer Internet Day 2013

Safer Internet Day is an annual event organised by the European network for internet safety, Insafe. This year, Safer Internet Day will be held on 5 February and celebrated in more than 60 countries worldwide. The theme of Safer Internet Day 2013 is “Online Rights and Responsibilities” and users around the world are encouraged to…


A little known feature making a big difference

As part of National Cyber Security Awareness Week, we wanted to highlight one of the lesser known features in your browser that is making a big difference to the safety of Australian consumers online.  It’s called SmartScreen Application Reputation and it’s a free feature switched on by default in Internet Explorer 9. Social-engineering attacks, like…


PhotoDNA - Science on the Side of Abused Kids

Like many, I’ve long been a fan of the television show CSI:at least in most of its incarnations. I’ve often wondered though whether the amazing application of scientific techniques could really support law enforcement as easily as it is sometimes portrayed in the show’s episodes. Could information technologies for example really help find and eliminate…


Cybersmart program ‘Tagged’

As a member of the Government’s Consultative Working Group on Cyber Safety, Microsoft is pleased to highlight ‘Tagged’, a short film for teenagers that explores themes of cyberbullying, sexting and digital reputation developed by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) Cybersmart program. In the film a group of high-school friends post a rumour about a…

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NSW Department of Education and Training launches short film competition

Recently the NSW Department of Education and Training (DET) launched the 2011 Short Film Awards to secondary students across Australia.  This year’s theme is Educ8 UR M8 (educate your mate). The theme aims to motivate students to make short films that encourage their peers to think about content they access and share online. Microsoft is proud to support the…

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Scams beware

Stuart Strathdee, Chief Security Advisor for Microsoft Australia, discusses the technology scam targeting Australian residents. The scammers are ringing up consumers pretending to be from Microsoft, saying incorrectly there is a virus in their computer that they allege they can fix. Our advice continues to be that anyone who receives such a call should bear…

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Australian Policymakers Play Key Role in Cloud Safety

Posted by Julie Inman-GrantDirector, Privacy and Internet Safety Outreach, Trustworthy Computing The explosive growth of cloud computing services and Internet-connected mobile devices is creating exciting opportunities for users to connect, share common interests and access information.  Australians, traditionally known around the world as “early technology adopters” have clearly embraced consumer cloud technologies. However, as the…

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Keeping Safe Online this Festive Season

Earlier this month the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy launched their Cyber Security Festive Season Awareness Initiative, which Microsoft is proud to be supporting. With the holidays just around the corner it is important that people are taking measures to keep themselves and their children safe online. The initiative encourages people to…

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