Commonwealth Bank joins ThinkUKnow cyber safety program to keep children safe

As a proud founding ThinkUKnow partner, Microsoft is delighted to welcome the Commonwealth Bank to the ThinkUKnow program. The Commonwealth Bank Group has signed onto the ThinkUKnow cyber safety program to help keep Australian children safe online.Ninety-five per cent of children use the internet regularly, with eight-year-olds online daily, and for 41 per cent of…


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…


Microsoft welcomes Social Networking Protocol

Microsoft today welcomed the Cooperative Arrangement for Complaints Handling announced by the Prime Minister which calls on major technology companies to work co-operatively with Government, law enforcement agencies and the community to help address the issue of online bullying. “Technology and social media offer amazing opportunities to connect, share and communicate, but it also brings…


One click Internet Explorer Fix it available now

A solution has been released today by Microsoft that will update Internet Explorer. The Fix it solution is a simple, one-click action that will help protect your computer.  It will not affect your ability to browse the web, and it does not require a reboot of your computer. On Saturday (September 22), Microsoft will release a cumulative update…


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…


The USA Patriot Act: Myth v. Reality

(Cross posted from OpenForum.com.au) Today, computer users – ranging from individual consumers, to small and medium-sized businesses, to the largest enterprises – are excited about the opportunities presented by cloud computing.  And for good reason.  Innovations in cloud technologies represent a seismic shift in the IT industry and are poised to transform our relationship with…

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Data breaches and how they should be managed

In recent times there have been some high profiles cases involving data breaches which have included telecommunication, technology, and other organisations. One of the companies involved was found to have breached the Privacy Act. So no wonder many are again revisiting a recommendation from the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) that mandatory data breach laws…

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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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Privacy: It’s all about you

Microsoft Australia is proud to support Privacy Awareness week which takes place from 1-7 May 2011. We recognise that privacy is a critical element of a secure computing experience. We understand that technology users have high expectations about how we collect, use, and store their personal information. With this in mind, we create our policies…

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