ThinkUKnow youth section arms children online

(Joint media release from Microsoft Australia and the Australian Federal Police) Children are being better equipped to combat the dangers of predators and online risks, through the launch of the ‘youth section’ of the ThinkUKnow website today. In a joint initiative of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Microsoft, supported by ninemsn, the new section…


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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National Consumer Fraud Week

Next week, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and the Australasian Consumer Fraud Taskforce (ACFT) launch National Consumer Fraud Week.  This year the theme is  Scams: It’s Personal and Microsoft Australia are proud to support the initiative. This time last year, I wrote about a scam that had been targeting Australian consumers by calling…


Internet Explorer – the best browser for protection against socially engineered malware

Here at Microsoft Australia we continue to see cyber attacks that rely on distributing socially engineered malware through phishing emails and websites, which is why it was great to see the news that Internet Explorer is the best browser to help protect users against these threats. This month in the US, NSS Labs, an independent information…

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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…


Cybersafety Help Button

The Cybersafety Help Button is a new Australian Government initiative designed to keep children and families safe online. It is an online resource that gives children and young people easy access to cybersafety help and information. Microsoft Australia is proud to support this initiative. The internet offers huge opportunities for improvements in education, social interaction,…

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Tackling cybercrime

Recently Stuart Strathdee, chief security advisor, Microsoft Australia, discussed the latest security report, Security Intelligence Report version 9 (SIRv9) in an interview with Sky Business News. The Security Intelligence Report is a comprehensive evaluation of the evolving threat landscape and trends. The information can help you make sound risk-management decisions and identify potential adjustments to…


Cloud Computing Report Sees Opportunities with Federal Government Action

A report released by the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) last week (October 14) identified valuable opportunities for Australian governments, business and researchers in “cloud” computing – a business estimated to be worth $US20 billion world-wide and growing rapidly. The Report – Cloud Computing: Opportunities and Challenges for Australia – notes that governments, businesses…


National Child Protection Week

This week the Australian Federal Police (AFP) released a new ThinkUKnow video highlighting the dangers of texting images. The video was launched to coincide with White Balloon Day and National Child Protection Week.   National Child Protection Week is an initiative led by the National Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN).  The…


Managing and protecting software vulnerabilities

Vulnerabilities are weaknesses in software that enable an attacker to compromise the integrity, availability, or confidentiality of that software. As long as human beings write software code, no software is perfect and mistakes that lead to imperfections and vulnerabilities in software will be made. To combat software vulnerabilities, Microsoft assists its customers to understand and…