Advancing our encryption and transparency efforts

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In December, we announced our commitment to further increase the security of our customers’ data. We also announced our plans to reinforce legal protections for our customers’ data, and continue to increase transparency in how we engage with governments around the world. We are making positive progress on all of these fronts. We are in the midst of a comprehensive engineering effort to strengthen encryption across our networks and services. Read more »

Envisioning cyberspace in 2025

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On Monday, Microsoft released a new report entitled “Cyberspace 2025: Today’s Decisions, Tomorrow’s Terrain” that looks beyond today’s technological trends to anticipate future catalysts for change in cyberspace. Cloud computing, the Internet of Things, big data and cybersecurity loom large on today’s—and tomorrow’s—agenda. In the report is a Cyber 2025 Model, developed to determine potential cyber trends, as well as revealing several interesting projections about the future of cyberspace. For Read more »

New Microsoft Computing Safety Index report: US consumers need to focus on basic online safety

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Jacqueline Beauchere From antimalware solutions and automatic updates, to firewalls and strong passwords, Microsoft and the technology industry routinely stress that consumers should exercise basic “digital hygiene.” To some, these pieces of advice come as second nature. Most U.S. consumers, however, appear to ignore key technology tools that could help them stave off issues. New Microsoft research shows the majority of U.S. consumers are not leveraging some basic technology tools Read more »

Learn to Fight Online Fraud During Cyber Awareness Month

Lottery scams, advance-fee fraud, phishing attacks and fake anti-virus alerts. These are just a few ways criminals are attempting to gain access to your personal information to steal money, and impersonate you or hijack your good name. On average, adults in the U.S. have been exposed to eight different types of online scams, according to a new Microsoft survey. Learn to better protect yourself and fight back during National Cyber Read more »

How Trustworthy Computing Enhanced Accessibility at Microsoft

In January 2002, Bill Gates sent a memo launching Trustworthy Computing (TwC) and calling upon Microsoft and the industry to prioritize security and privacy as part of software design. As a program manager on the Accessibility team at the time, I observed that a similar approach for accessibility, when taken during the design phase, had a dramatic effect on the quality of the user experience for people with disabilities. The Read more »

Get Connected with Family & Friends on Safer Internet Day

Each February, the world recognizes Safer Internet Day (SID), an event dedicated to promoting responsible use of the Internet and mobile technology, particularly among youth. Organized by Brussels-based Insafe and co-founded by the European Union, Feb. 7 marks the ninth installment of SID. This year’s theme, “Connecting Generations and Educating Each Other,” once again finds Microsoft playing an active role. The company was part of the first SID, and has Read more »

Making Privacy Work for Everybody

A big question for governments and business at the moment, and indeed for users of the Internet all over the world, is how personal data – a person’s identity, personal materials, financial or sensitive information – can be protected in a workable and effective way. This is particularly important in an age where we have ubiquitous connectivity, online business and social networking, and flows and storage of information all over Read more »

Trustworthy Computing’s Impact a Decade On: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Rich Mogull, founder of Securosis LLC, an independent security consulting firm. Prior to founding Securosis, Rich was a leading analyst at Gartner. He has 12 total years of experience as a security analyst. Depending on your age, you might remember when the U.S. Hockey dream team won the 1980 Olympics, the first moon landing, or where you were as we entered the Read more »

Microsoft Releases New Index Gauging Online Behaviors

Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing (TwC) Group is today announcing a new tool to help gauge how consumers are meeting the challenges of today’s digital world. Microsoft’s Computing Safety Index (MCSI) is the product of research recently conducted in five countries: Brazil, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the U.S. It examines people’s behaviors relating to online safety, resulting in an overall score. Broken out into three tiers of scoring levels, the Read more »