Yesterday was international Safer Internet Day (SID), an annual event designed to promote a healthier, more vibrant Internet for everyone. In keeping with this year’s theme, “Let’s create a better Internet together,” Microsoft launched and participated in a number of activities around the world.
- A new, interactive website (Microsoft.com/saferonline) where we’re encouraging people to “Do 1 Thing” to stay safer online. The site allows employees to share their pledge to help create a better Internet, and learn what others are doing to avoid online risks. Encouraging people to commit to just one, new good habit or practice, they’ll also be helping TechSoup Global, an organization that delivers technology to those in need. Whether you download and use the #Do1Thing icon on your social media profile or participate in a variety of other activities, TwC Online Safety will make a donation to TechSoup. <—- Be sure to watch the #Hashtag, you’re it! video!
- Results of the third annual Microsoft Computing Safety Index (MCSI). Conducted in 20 countries/regions, the survey asked more than 10,000 Internet users about their online safety behaviors. Results show the annual worldwide impact of phishing and various forms of identity theft could be as high as $5.0 billion, with the cost of repairing damage to peoples’ online reputations higher still at nearly $6.0 billion. Still, only one in five (21 percent) of those surveyed said they take advantage of web-browser filters to help protect against phishing, and less than a third (31 percent) said they educate themselves about protecting their online reputations. Even fewer respondents said they use technical tools to edit or delete info about them online (19 percent), or use search engines to “Bing themselves” (15 percent). Check out the MCSI results, and learn what you might do to help raise the collective score.
- Helping to sponsor the first officially recognized U.S. SID event in Washington, D.C., hosted by ConnectSafely.org. Young people, educators, representatives from technology companies, youth-serving organizations and government officials, including U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) will celebrate the positive ways we all use the Internet. One of two panel discussions will feature a youth-moderated discussion, including Xbox Enforcement chief Glenn Kaleta. The event was streamed live on Facebook Live and at SaferInternetDay.us. Videos of the event will be posted soon on the website.
- Also, employees near the Redmond campus visited the Redmond Campus Stage @ The Commons for online safety activities and prize raffles.