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Thanks to you the Microsoft #Do1Thing initiative donates $50,000 to TechSoup Global

Together we've raised $50,000

On Safer Internet Day, February 11, 2014, Microsoft launched the interactive Safer Online website. Every time you made your #Do1Thing promise or shared the website with your social circles, Microsoft made a donation to TechSoup Global.

In less than 24 hours, so many of you promised to #Do1Thing to stay safer that Microsoft donated $50,000 to TechSoup Global! But it wasn’t just the promise alone.

“As communities around the world use the Internet to learn and connect, developing responsible online safety habits is something each of us should act on,” says Rebecca Masisak, CEO of TechSoup Global. “We appreciate being a part of Safer Internet Day. And with your contributions, TechSoup Global will further develop and deliver online safety education training materials and guidance to be shared across our global network.”

So far, people from five continents have shared what they are doing to help create a better Internet. What’s the number one global promise so far? Creating strong passwords and regularly changing them. Other popular responses included: two-step authentication for online accounts, sharing minimal personal information, using secured Wi-Fi connections, and shopping on https-enabled websites

Of those who answered our Safer Online polling questions:

  • Nearly half (47 percent) of participants chose learning as the greatest benefit the Internet has brought to their lives, while 17 percent chose exploring, and 10 percent go online for entertainment purposes.
  • Website visitors were also asked which potential online risks concern them the most. Of the nine choices, 28 percent selected financial loss as the most concerning, with 22 percent opting for loss of personal privacy, and 19 percent finding forms of malware on their device the greatest concern.
  • Finally, over two thirds (76 percent) of respondents edit or remove online information that may impact their reputation. Learn how to take charge or your online reputation.

If you haven’t done so yet, share your #Do1Thing story, see what others around the world are promising, and get online safety tips to help you stay safer online, today and every day! 

Do one thing to stay safer online, today and every day

Imagine how much safer we’d all be if we each did one thing to stay safer online.

As part of Safer Internet Day 2014, we’re launching Safer Online, a new interactive website where you can share your “Do1Thing” pledge, learn what others are doing to help protect themselves online, and get instant tips to enhance and better protect your digital lifestyle.

Protecting yourself and your family online is easier than you think.

Here’s an example of one thing you can do right now:

To help spread the word, download and use the #Do1Thing icon (JPG) from the Safer Online site as your social media profile picture to encourage others to join the Safer Internet Day (SID) movement.   We want you to share your story on the Safer Online website with others.  When you do, Microsoft will make a donation to TechSoup Global, a non-profit organization using technology to solve global problems and foster social change.

Take a quick tour of the new Safer Online consumer site that’s inspiring people around the world to “Do 1 Thing” to protect themselves online.

For more information about our work in Internet safety, visit our Safety & Security Center.