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Online safety for kids with new digital devices

December 24th, 2013 No comments

We know that lots of kids will be getting new phones, tablets, laptops, gaming systems, and other digital devices this holiday season. If you’re a parent, guardian, or educator, here are some tips for helping kids stay safe.

  • Agree on the rules. Come up with guidelines that work for your family, and post them somewhere at home. Microsoft offers a sample agreement, the Get Game Smart PACT (PDF, 2.16 MB), to help you sort out family rules.

  • Protect their privacy. Teach kids how to keep their accounts private and lock their devices with a PIN or password. Consider disabling the location services on your young child’s devices.

  • Monitor use. Know who your kids are communicating with, what games they’re playing, and what websites or services they’re using. Follow the recommended age limits on games and social networking websites. Set limits that work for your family.

  • Teach your kids to stand up to online bullying. Encourage your kids not to post or text anything that would hurt or embarrass someone. Make sure they know never to make, send, or accept provocative texts, photos, or videos.

For more information, see our new Digital Gift-Giving Checklist.

Download a printable version of the checklist.

Online safety tips for travelers

December 19th, 2013 No comments

If you’re travelling this holiday season and you plan to be online, here are a few ways to protect yourself and your family:

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Mobile safety tips for back to school

September 4th, 2012 No comments

Are you sending your child back to school with a mobile phone, laptop, or tablet PC?

Director of Microsoft Trustworthy Computing Communications, Jacqueline Beauchere, offers these tips:

  • Set clear use limits for kids on their mobile phones.
  • Lock kids’ phones with a personal identification number (PIN), and keep the PIN secret—even from “best” friends.
  • Tell kids to avoid clicking links in advertisements, contest pages, text messages, or posts on social networking sites.
  • If you use a family location service to monitor your children’s whereabouts, make sure those outside the immediate family can’t locate them. Otherwise, consider disabling the location feature on the phone or, at the very least, turn off the feature in the phone’s camera.

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4 tips to help secure your phone

March 7th, 2011 Comments off

We’ve heard a lot of news lately about how smartphones are the new frontier for hackers, virus writers, and cybercriminals. We talked to the folks on the Windows Phone 7 team and they haven’t heard any complaints about mobile viruses yet, but we thought it wouldn’t hurt to give you four ways that you can help secure any smartphone, not just a Windows Phone.

You’ll notice that this advice isn’t much different than what we’d recommend to help you secure your laptop or your desktop computer.

1. Protect your phone with a password. If your phone is lost or stolen, you can go a long way toward protecting your information if you’ve secured it with a password or a Personal Identification Number (PIN). If you use your phone to access your company’s email or intranet, chances are that they already require that you protect it with a password or PIN. To learn how to protect your Windows 7 phone with a password, see Lock screen FAQ.

 For more information on how to choose a good password, see Create strong passwords.

2. Be careful when you install apps on your phone. Apps can do nearly everything these days, from streamlining your social networking to changing the channels on your TV. No matter what kind of phone you have, install apps from a trusted source. For Windows Phone, you can only install apps from the Zune Marketplace. This means that they have been digitally signed, which reduces your risk. (This is the same model used with Apple’s iPhone, but not with Google’s Android phone.)

3. Install your phone’s updates. Just like on your PC, you should install all updates for your phone and for the apps on your phone. To learn how to do this with a Windows Phone, see Windows Phone Update Solution.

4. Make sure your smartphone has a feature that helps you find it if you lose it or if it is stolen. Windows 7 includes a “Find My Phone” feature that allows you to find a lost phone, lock it remotely, and also wipe it remotely so that no one can get access to the information there. For more information, see Find a lost phone. If you don’t have a Windows Phone, you can usually install a third-party app that can do this for you.

 To get more information about security and privacy for Windows Phone, see: