Do you feel safe from online deception?

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.

About the Author
Eve Blakemore

Group Manager, Trustworthy Computing

Eve Blakemore is a Group Manager for Trustworthy Computing who delivers consumer guidance around the latest trends in security and privacy. Eve joined Microsoft in 1998 and has worked in corporate and field roles with Microsoft Learning, US Public Sector, Read more »

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  1. Anonymous

    I have just received a call supposed to be from Microsoft technical dept..This caller told me that various virus and other dangerous material was on my computer, and it could crash a result.The computer is only weeks old. Is this the sort of information you would have, and would you contact  me or any other individual by telephone.

    I have received a number of similar calls in the past and have always  considered them to b dangerous. Could you please comment.

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