As part of Safer Internet Day
(SID), Microsoft has launched Safer Online
, an interactive website designed to spread the word about online safety, and is encouraging people around the world to pledge to “Do 1 Thing” to help make the internet a safer place.
Microsoft also released the global results of its third annual Microsoft Computing Safety Index(MCSI), to help consumers understand the importance of online safety. Findings include:
- In 2013, users collectively lost more than $23 billion globally to online fraud, phishing, impersonation scams.
The cost of repairing damage to peoples’ online reputations – both personal and professional – cost consumers nearly $6 billion in 2013, total. That equates to an estimated average loss of $632 per person.
Despite the growing general awareness of online risks and the potential harm they can cause, less than one-quarter of those surveyed take active steps to protect themselves and their online reputations.
- 33% of survey respondents said they use secured wireless networks.
- 36% of survey respondents limit what strangers can see on social networks, as well as the amount of personal information about them that appears online.
- 33%change their social network privacy settings AND use a PIN (personal identification number) or password to lock their mobile device.