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New research shows you can do more to boost your online safety

New research, sponsored by Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing (TwC) Group, studied online safety behavior and online security tool use. Based on the research, we developed the Microsoft Computing Safety Index (MCSI), a scoring system of more than 20 steps you can take to help protect yourself online. The more steps you take, the higher your online safety score; 100 is the highest rating possible.

In 2011, 34 was the average online safety score across the five countries surveyed (details on how to interpret Index results are included in the executive summaries, in the Read the results section of this page). This score indicates that people do take steps to help protect themselves online—but there is also opportunity to do more.

Microsoft encourages you to take an abbreviated version of the MCSI survey to help safeguard your digital lifestyle. We will release updates to the Index annually, in conjunction with National Cyber Security Awareness Month in the United States. The MCSI tallies points for basic and advanced computer security behaviors such as:

  • Using a newer operating system

  • Updating antivirus and antispyware software regularly

  • Using automatic updates

  • Keeping a firewall turned on

  • Connecting to secure wireless networks

  • Limiting information-sharing

  • Creating strong passwords

Want to find out your score? Take the survey.

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