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Do you feel safe from online deception?

October 15th, 2012 No comments

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), and Microsoft supports the national campaign for cyber security education and awareness put forth by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA).

Our support includes releasing the results of the NCSAM 2012 online scam defense survey. The research revealed that U.S. adults have encountered roughly eight different online scams on average. Most respondents feel they’re unlikely to fall victim, but few feel completely protected because newer scams are taking advantage of social networks to impersonate friends, loved ones, or others they know and trust. When it comes to online deception, adults most feared impersonation scams such as fake antivirus alerts (40%).

Read the full results from the survey.

 Watch a video about the online scams survey.

Help protect yourself and your family from online deception with our top cyber security tips:

  • Be defensive with sensitive information
  • Create varied and strong passwords or phrases
  • Boost your computer’s security
  • Connect with others carefully
  • Watch out for scams

For free brochures, fact sheets, and more, see Digital Citizenship in Action or visit STOP.THINK.CONNECT.  Want to get involved? Find out how.

Share the responsibility: Microsoft on National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October 27th, 2011 No comments

Microsoft supports the efforts of the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) with free resources and research about how each of us—individuals, families, schools, organizations, industry, and government—can do our part to help create a safer digital world.

Some of the resources:

Get more information about National Cyber Security Awareness Month, plus six foundational steps that you can take to help protect your information, family, devices, and online safety.