Microsoft Asks Consumers to “Do 1 Thing” to Stay Safer Online

Feb 17, 2014 (Mon): In support of international Safer Internet Day (SID), Microsoft has introduced a new site that allows Internet users around the world to share how they plan to avoid online risks, learn what other people are doing to help protect themselves and receive instant tips to enhance their digital lifestyle.

According to Microsoft Computing Safety Index (MCSI) survey conducted among more than 10,000 consumers, the annual worldwide impact of phishing and various forms of identity theft could be as high as US$5 billion, with the cost of repairing damage to peoples’ online reputation higher yet at nearly US$6 billion, or an estimated average of US$632 per loss.

The survey also revealed that five percent of the respondents were victims of a phishing attack, losing on average US$158, 13 percent of them said their professional reputation had been compromised, costing on average US$535 to repair and nine percent of them had suffered identity theft at an average cost of US$218.

Microsoft is asking Internet users to “Do 1 Thing” to stay safer online via its latest interactive website at where they can grab some hints, tips and guidance in protecting their online activities.

Author: Terry KS

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