Newsletters
News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Please click for more information, or scroll down to pass the ad, or Close Ad.
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
APC Free White Paper
Optimize your network investment &
Enter to win a Samsung Galaxy Note

www.apc.com
Network Security
Fiercely productive scanners
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
For Safer Internet Day, Microsoft Says
For Safer Internet Day, Microsoft Says 'Do One Thing'

By Jennifer LeClaire
February 11, 2014 10:25AM

    Bookmark and Share
Of the more than 10,000 consumers surveyed by Microsoft on Internet safety, 15 percent said they were victims of a phishing attack, losing on average $158; 13 percent said their professional reputation had been compromised, costing on average $535 to repair; and 9 percent said they had suffered identity theft at an average cost of $218.
 



The technology world celebrated International Safer Internet Day on Monday, but companies large and small hope to see widespread change over the rest of the year. With that in mind, Microsoft is asking consumers to "Do 1 Thing" to stay safer online, and launched a Web site that promotes online safety.

Microsoft.com/saferonline lets Internet users around the world share how they plan to avoid online risks, learn what other people are doing to help protect themselves and receive tips to improve their digital lifestyle.

"The Internet touches our lives every day; we e-mail to stay connected, share photos and videos, pay bills, and shop," said Jacqueline Beauchere, chief online safety officer at Microsoft. "Sometimes, though, the very experiences that we love about the Internet put us at risk."

The Scary Numbers

According to the third annual Microsoft Computing Safety Index survey, the annual worldwide impact of phishing and various forms of identity theft could be as high as $5 billion, with the cost of repairing damage to peoples' online reputation higher yet at nearly $6 billion, or an estimated average of $632 per loss. This means that education and guidance about how to avoid online risks remain key and is why Microsoft is asking people to "Do 1 Thing" today and make it part of their daily digital routine.

Consider these additional statistics: Of the more than 10,000 consumers surveyed, 15 percent said they were victims of a phishing attack, losing on average $158; 13 percent said their professional reputation had been compromised, costing on average $535 to repair; and 9 percent said they had suffered identity theft at an average cost of $218.

Yet despite such losses, only 36 percent said they limit what strangers see on social networks and the amount of personal information online, while 33 percent said they adjust their social network privacy settings. And, only 33 percent use a PIN (personal identification number) or password to lock their mobile device.

Can We Change Behavior?

We caught up with Rob Enderle, principal analyst at The Enderle Group, to get his take on Microsoft's safety survey and recommendations. He told us much of the security problem on the Web starts with the user.

"The most common passwords are trivial and very easy to figure out and accounts are regularly penetrated and identities stolen because of them. Users can be easily tricked into installing malware they get in the mail and, for the most part, are pretty clueless when it comes to security," Enderle said.

"Any security solution therefore has to start with changing that bad behavior, and this effort is targeted at doing exactly that. Having said that, changing behavior takes a ton of effort, so this would only be a start."

Four Helpful Tips

Microsoft is making specific recommendations for Internet users who want to make more informed decisions and help to better protect their online activities, including:

1. Help guard your devices and online accounts. Use a unique four-digit PIN for mobile devices and strong passwords for online accounts.

2. Perform sensitive transactions over secured networks. This includes paying bills, banking or shopping. Don't share personal account information over "borrowed" or public Wi-Fi connections.

3. Take charge of your online reputation. Discover what information about you is on the Internet, periodically re-evaluate it, and remove unwanted or inaccurate content to cultivate an accurate, positive reputation.

4. Help protect your social circles. Use privacy settings to manage the information you share and with whom you share it. Be selective about what you post and accepting friends.
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



APC has an established a reputation for solid products that virtually pay for themselves upon installation. Who has time to spend worrying about system downtime? APC makes it easy for you to focus on business growth instead of business downtime with reliable data center systems and IT solutions. Learn more here.


 Network Security
1.   Michaels: Nearly 3M Cards Breached
2.   Heartbleed Could Cost Millions
3.   Google Street View Unravels CAPTCHAs
4.   Teen Arrested for Heartbleed Hack
5.   IBM Adds Disaster Recovery to SoftLayer


advertisement
Michaels: Nearly 3M Cards Breached
But the hack has been contained.
Average Rating:
Heartbleed Could Cost Millions
But it could have been prevented.
Average Rating:
Don't Reset Passwords for Heartbleed?
Added caution needed to ensure security.
Average Rating:


advertisement


 Random Bytes
Military Academies Take on the NSA OpenSSL Calls for More Support
Heartbleed Bug Breaks Web Security Heartbleed Flaw Affects Hardware
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Michaels Says Nearly 3M Credit, Debit Cards Breached
Arts and crafts retail giant Michaels Stores has confirmed that a data breach at its POS terminals from May 2013 to Jan. 2014 may have exposed nearly 3 million customer credit and debit cards.
 
Heartbleed Could Cost Millions, Could Have Been Prevented
Early estimates of Heartbleed’s cost to enterprises are running in the millions. The reason: revoking all the SSL certificates the bug leaked will come at a very hefty price.
 
Google's Street View Software Unravels CAPTCHAs
The latest software Google uses for its Street View cars to read street numbers in images for Google Maps works so well that it also solves CAPTCHAs, those puzzles designed to defeat bots.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Vaio Fit 11A Battery Danger Forces Recall by Sony
Using a Sony Vaio Fit 11A laptop? It's time to send it back to Sony. In fact, Sony is encouraging people to stop using the laptop after several reports of its Panasonic battery overheating.
 
Continued Drop in Global PC Shipments Slows
Worldwide shipments of PCs fell during the first three months of the year, but the global slump in PC demand may be easing, with a considerable slowdown from last year's drops.
 
Google Glass Finds a Home in Medical Education, Practice
Google Glass may find its first markets in verticals in which hands-free access to data is a boon. Medicine is among the most prominent of those, as seen in a number of Glass experiments under way.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Google Releases Chrome Remote Desktop App for Android
You're out on a sales call, and use your Android mobile device to grab a file you have back at the office on your desktop. That's a bit easier now with Google's Chrome Remote Desktop app for Android.
 
Amazon 3D Smartphone Pics Leaked
E-commerce giant Amazon is reportedly set to launch a smartphone after years of development. Photos of the phone, which may feature a unique 3D interface, were leaked by tech pub BGR.
 
Zebra Tech Buys Motorola Enterprise for $3.45B
Weeks after Lenovo bought Motorola Mobility’s assets from Google for $2.91 billion, Zebra Technologies is throwing down $3.45 billion for Motorola’s Enterprise business in an all-cash deal.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | Small Business | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters | XML/RSS Feed

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.