National Consumer Fraud Week 18 – 24 May 2015

This week marks the start of this year’s National Cyber Security Awareness Week. Microsoft is proud to be a continued supporer of this important initiative from the Australasian Consumer Fraud Taskforce. If you haven’t stopped and thought about how you keep your private information secure, chances are you could be leaving it wide open for scammers to steal….


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…


Safer Internet Day – Microsoft welcomes Queensland Police Services, Western Australia Police and Neighbourhood Watch Australasia to ThinkUKnow

Microsoft welcomes Queensland Police Service, Western Australia Police and Neighbourhood Watch Australasia to the ThinkUKnow program. The partnership will help deliver more training to more parents on this extremely important topic, resulting in a safer online environment for children. We are proud to be a part of the program supporting Safer Internet Day. JOINT MEDIA RELEASE: AFP…


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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National Cyber Security Awareness Week 2011

Next week marks the start of this year’s National Cyber Security Awareness Week. Microsoft is proud to be involved in nationwide events supporting the Department of Broadband Communications and Digital Economy’s initiative, Stay Smart Online.  As in previous years, National Cyber Security Awareness Week is run in conjunction with State and Territory governments, industry partners…

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Facebook to Use Microsoft’s PhotoDNA Technology to Combat Child Exploitation

(Cross posted from Microsoft on the Issues. Editor’s note: The following is a guest post authored by Ernie Allen, president and CEO of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children). In late 2009, I wrote on this blog about PhotoDNA, an important technological step forward in preventing the spread of child sexual exploitation online….

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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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