SkyDrive: Everything on SkyDrive that you upload is private until you tell us otherwise.

Microsoft recently released a number of upgrades to our file storing and sharing service, SkyDrive.com.  A lengthy blog post by Omar Shahine on the Inside Windows Live blog describes the changes, which include strong privacy protections to help prevent the kind of “inadvertent sharing” which sometimes occurs with online services: When you click Share in the…

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The Week in Online Safety, November 28, 2011

The Week in Online Safety, November 28, 2011 A weekly global roundup of online safety news, policy developments, research, and influence NewsU.S. – Schools address online bullying, changing issues, Gannet News, Nov. 23, 2011 U.S. – Netflix ‘Just for Kids’ section launches on Wii, The Verge, Nov. 22, 2011  U.S. – Mobile app content ratings…

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Attending the Family Online Safety Institute Conference

Last week I attend the 2011 Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.  The theme of the fifth annual conference was “Evaluate. Innovate. Collaborate. Strategies for Safe and Healthy Online Use.” The FOSI event brings together over 400 people from the U.S., Latin America, Europe and the Middle East.  Attendees represent a…

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Talking Cloud Privacy in Washington, D.C.

Susie Adams, Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft Federal, writes on the Microsoft on the Issues Blog: Greater adoption of cloud computing is considered an inevitable trend by regulators and lawmakers from both sides of the political aisle, according to my fellow panelists at Tuesday’s “@Microsoft Conversations on Privacy” at the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center in…

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Discussing Privacy in the Cloud

Brendon Lynch, Chief Privacy Officer for Microsoft writes on the Trustworth Computing blog: Cloud computing has quickly become a mainstream technology. Global businesses, entrepreneurs and government agencies are embracing the cloud to accelerate innovation and cut costs. But the continued growth of cloud computing is not inevitable. Cloud providers need to adequately address the data…

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The Week in Online Safety, November 21, 2011

The Week in Online Safety, November 21, 2011A weekly global roundup of online safety news, policy developments, research, and influence NewsU.S. – Beyond High School: How Bullying Affects College Students, The Minaret, Nov. 16, 2011 U.K. – Pupils ‘abusing teachers and posting videos of their reaction online when they snap’, Daily Mail, Nov. 16, 2011…

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The Week in Online Safety, November 14, 2011

The Week in Online Safety, November 14, 2011A weekly global roundup of online safety news, policy developments, research, and influence NewsU.S.- Parents, schools often stymied when bullying jumps to cyberspace, The Toledo Blade, Nov. 7, 2011 U.S. – Why Parents Lie About Their Child’s Age, The Huffington Post, Nov. 7, 2011 U.S. – Kids and…

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Take the Microsoft Computing Safety Index

 Last month, we released the Microsoft Computing Safety Index (MCSI), a scoring system of more than 20 steps individuals can take to help protect themselves online. The MCSI tallies points for basic and advanced computer security behaviors such as: updating antivirus software regularly; limiting information-sharing; and creating strong passwords.  The more of these steps an…

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Making Families Safer with the Microsoft HealthVault Emergency Profile Link Program

Sean Nolan writes on the Microsoft Family Health Blog: I’m really proud of the emergency preparedness feature we launched a few weeks ago. Our approach of making a shared profile available in multiple emergency settings (wallet cards, online codes, MedicAlert, Vitaband, etc.) is really resonating — yippee! Give it a try yourself! But in order…

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