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postheadericon Microsoft and DocuSign announce strategic partnership to bring eSignature to Office 365 customers

REDMOND, Wash., and SAN FRANCISCO Feb. 17 , 201 4   Microsoft Corp. and DocuSign on Monday announced a long-term strategic partnership to make DocuSign’s industry-leading eSignature apps widely available from within Microsoft Office 365. DocuSign’s eSignature apps for Office 365, available in the Office Store in early March, will provide customers with the ability to submit and sign documents without leaving Microsoft applications, allowing them to quickly, seamlessly and confidently transact their business.

“Leading partners like DocuSign are building apps on the Office platform to help our customers get more value directly from their most highly used applications,” said John Case, vice president of Marketing, Microsoft Office. “This partnership with DocuSign helps our customers keep transactions digital and manage eSignatures seamlessly from within Office 365, where they already communicate, collaborate and create.”

DocuSign’s new solutions, built on the Office 365 platform, will include integration within Outlook, Word, SharePoint Online and SharePoint Server 2013. Customers can expect the following:

  • Easy administration and use. Office 365 and SharePoint administrators will be able to add DocuSign Apps for all users directly from their administration consoles.

  • Single signon. DocuSign has adopted Windows Azure Active Directory to provide single sign-on capabilities with Office 365 credentials, providing a seamless path to manage accounts.

  • Secured storage. DocuSigned documents are automatically stored in Microsoft OneDrive for Business for full control.

  • Office Store availability. Individuals can use self-service to access the apps and Word templates directly from the Office Store.

  • Continued innovation. DocuSign and Microsoft will continue to collaborate to bring new innovations to customers on the Office 365 platform.

“We’re excited about the momentum behind Office 365 and customers making the transition from their traditional Office applications to all-new scenarios enabled by cloud services,” said Keith Krach, chairman and CEO, DocuSign. “We believe Office 365 customers of all sizes will appreciate the seamless availability of DocuSign integrated into the applications they use every day. The combination of Microsoft and DocuSign further helps organizations keep business digital, and leverages the power of the cloud to help them focus on business results.”

“MetLife has already made the move to the cloud with both Office 365 and DocuSign,” said Marty Lippert, executive vice president of Global Technology and Operations, MetLife. “This deeper partnership between Microsoft and DocuSign will bring the best of the cloud together as a single solution to help our company be more productive with improved security and control as we drive to become a more digital enterprise. This partnership will help us deliver better service for our customers and make us more productive.”

DocuSign will demonstrate the new DocuSign Apps at Microsoft’s SharePoint 2014 Conference, March 3–6, in Las Vegas, and at DocuSign MOMENTUM, March 4–6, in San Francisco. Microsoft is a longtime DocuSign customer, using DocuSign in over 100 use cases around the world.

Companies interested in learning more about DocuSign’s Digital Transaction Management apps for Microsoft Office 365 may visit or

About DocuSign Inc.

DocuSign ®, The Global Standard for eSignature®, is the leader in eSignature transaction management. Global enterprises, business departments, individual professionals, and consumers are standardizing on DocuSign, with more than 60,000 new users joining the DocuSign Global Network every day. Today, that network includes users in 188 countries. DocuSign is used to accelerate transaction times to increase speed to results, reduce costs, and delight customers across nearly every industry — from financial services, insurance, technology, healthcare, manufacturing, communications, property management and consumer goods, to higher education and others. For more information, visit or call 877.720.2040. Visit the DocuSign blog at and follow DocuSign on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

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postheadericon Using A Chromecast Setup with a VPN Service

What is a Google Chromecast?

If you’re in the habit of streaming video or music on your tablet or smartphone, then the Google Chromecast is the supremely affordable digital media player that you’ve been waiting for. For $ 35, you can stream any number of apps to your HD television by plugging in Chromecast, such as Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, and even your Google Chrome screen. And you can control the whole thing with your tablet or smartphone; no remote needed.

How to Use Google Chromecast with a VPN Service

Today, we’re going to highlight another one of the myriad ways in which a VPN can enrich your online experience and enhance your online freedom by giving you access to geographically restricted web material: by being used in conjunction with Chromecast.

How Can I Use a Chromecast?

Integrate Chromecast with HDTV – If you own an HD television and hate straining to hear audio out of your computer speakers or trying to watch a YouTube video on a tiny iPhone screen, consider a Chromecast setup with your TV to be the ideal, affordable and simple streaming service solution.

Use Chromecast to replace Digital Projectors – Using Chromecast is also a great and affordable replacement for laptop projectors. If you have an important business meeting and would like to project a slideshow or video clip, doing so with your personal computer and a TV set is a much less involved approach as opposed to trying to cobble together a screen and an expensive and frequently unreliable device like a digital projector. Plus you’ll tech savvy to boot!

No new remote – Tired of starting to use and losing the remote each new gadget gives you. Since Chromecast runs off your tablet or laptop, you also won’t need to add another remote to your collection. All of the management activities can be from the device in your hand or pocket.

How to Setup a Chromecast?

The Chromecast setup is very simple and user friendly. The setup is:

  1. Plug Chromecast into the HDMI port in your TV.
  2. Make sure your computer is connected to the same WiFi network as your computer.
  3. Download the Chromecast App.
  4. Start Chromecast App on your computer.
  5. Check your code on your TV and computer and then click “That’s My Code”.
  6. Enter in your WiFi credentials in the Chromecast on your computer, tablet, or smartphone.
  7. Use the Google Cast Chrome extension/integrated browser button to broadcast content straight to your TV from any device that has Google Chrome on it.
Setup for Google Chromecast

Google Chromecast Setup

Google Chromecast Supported Apps

Google Chromecast supports many of your favorite streaming services for movies, music, and television. A Chromecast setup with your TV is the perfect way to utilize your HDTV’s great picture quality and high quality sound without falling trap to expensive cable bills. Chromecast supported streaming services & integrations include:

  • YouTube
  • Netflix
  • Hulu Plus
  • Plex Media Server
  • Pandora
  • Google Play/Music
  • Vevo
  • Songza
  • …and many more to be announced soon!

Can I Use a Chromecast Setup With A VPN Service?

The primary benefit of using your Chromecast setup with a VPN is just what we stated above; VPNs tunnel your wireless network activity through encrypted servers set up all over the world, so you can ensure that no hackers, identity thieves, or snooping government officials get anywhere near your private information. In this day and age, online security is more necessary than ever, and VPNs provide a remarkably affordable and uncomplicated way to achieve it.

Secondarily, and this is the fun part, VPNs give you access to websites that may not be available in your country. Logging into your VPN means changing your IP address, because you’re made to choose an encrypted server in a different country, and this means that your computer will think it’s in whatever country your server is in. And since you can control which server you choose, you can choose to fool your computer into thinking it’s wherever you’d like it to be.

Benefits of Using Chromecast with a VPN

So if you’re on vacation in Mexico, or traveling to Tokyo for business purposes, or really going anywhere for any reason, you can bring your Netflix queue with you. Just choose an IP address from your home country and you’re ready to go. Better yet, want to sample the library of movies and television that Netflix offers in a different country from your living room? VPNs make that possible as well.

Whether you’re traveling with a tablet or smartphone, or lounging on your couch, using a tiny digital media player  like the Chromecast with a VPN can open up a much wider internet than you could have dreamed of. Popular VPN services for integrating with a Chromecast include IPVanish, Overplay, HideMyAss, & Private Internet Access, or just check out our Official Supported Provider list to figure out if we support your current provider.

Best Routers for Google Chromecast

At FlashRouters, we take powerful routers and super-charge their versatility, making them not just capable of running faster, but of keeping your network completely secure. Top-quality replacement firmwares like DD-WRT and Tomato give users the ability to extend their wireless range and control how their bandwidth is allocated, but more importantly, they give users access to a wide range of advanced security options.

Our products are all flashed with DD-WRT or Tomato firmware, and therefore are extremely modifiable. This open firmware allows for a whole new world of possibility with gadgets like the Google Chromecast.

All of our routers are Chromecast-ready due to their streamlined firmware that supports all OS’s including Apple OS, Chrome, Linux, Android, and Windows. Some of our best performing routers for Chromecast include the top-performing wireless AC beast, the Netgear R7000 DD-WRT Nighthawk; the top performing wireless N Tomato router, the RT-N66U; and our economy line DD-WRT model, the Linksys E1200.

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postheadericon About the security content of iOS 6.1.6

This document describes the security content of iOS 6.1.6.
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postheadericon Microsoft unveils new marketing, customer care and social listening capabilities

REDMOND, Wash. — Feb. 18, 2014 — Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq “MSFT”) on Tuesday unveiled a comprehensive set of new Microsoft Dynamics CRM capabilities to help organizations match their customers to the right products and services, engage with them in the right way at the right time, and nurture their relationships. The new release is expected in the second quarter of 2014.

Delivering on its promise of rapid innovation, the release adds new functionality to help marketers be smarter, enabling them to efficiently drive and manage their marketing campaigns; help businesses engage with and care for customers in a personalized manner on virtually any device, anywhere; and enhance capabilities in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 to help businesses sell more effectively. Breaking from typical industry practice, the update also brings social listening capabilities to every sales, service and marketing professional within an organization to empower more employees with deeper insights.

“Businesses want solutions that give them market insights and the ability to deliver amazing customer experiences,” said Bob Stutz, corporate vice president, Microsoft Dynamics CRM. “The new Microsoft Dynamics CRM update democratizes social listening, adds new marketing capabilities for more impact and enables businesses to deliver outstanding customer service. With this new release, we are essentially changing the CRM game.”

Smarter marketing

Chief marketing officers (CMOs) want a marketing solution that helps them plan and execute great marketing campaigns, gives them insights into the impact of their marketing activities, and provides them with the ability to optimize marketing mix to deliver the most impact to their business.

Microsoft Dynamics Marketing (formerly MarketingPilot) delivers these capabilities by adding marketing automation functionality to Microsoft Dynamics CRM, delivering insights that will help marketers be smarter and more effectively engage with their customers. The new release builds on its marketing planning core and adds new features that include a visual campaign designer that allows marketers to design powerful marketing campaigns more intuitively and easier than ever. This enables CMOs to reach their customers more effectively across multiple channels. It also gives them new lead management and scoring capabilities, scalable email marketing that can deliver millions of messages per day, and deep marketing analytics so they can measure and improve the return on their marketing investments. These new capabilities will be offered in 35 markets in 10 languages.

Personalized customer care

Customer care, an organization’s ability to support, engage and respond to the needs of customers, is an increasingly strategic part of any business. Successful organizations understand and have insight into customer needs across every channel, including the Web, social and mobile, to deliver the best customer care possible.

Microsoft Dynamics CRM enhances core case management capabilities and introduces a new Unified Service Desk, a powerful application designed for call centers that allows agents to handle multiple interactions simultaneously, increasing efficiency by automating repetitive tasks and displaying scripts to help agents provide a more personalized and effective service.

Alongside the capabilities gained in the recent acquisition of Parature, which closed Jan. 31, Microsoft Dynamics CRM now offers customers choice in deploying customer service capabilities ranging from self-service via support portals, Facebook and Twitter to Web chat and video capabilities, all leveraging a shared knowledge base to ensure the right answer can be delivered consistently on the right channel at the right time.

This new customer care solution ensures that all organizations can effectively handle interactions in the way each customer prefers and quickly respond to that person’s needs, resulting in a smooth and more personalized experience for the customer each and every time.

Social for everyone

The secret to any great relationship starts with the ability to listen. To help sales, marketing and customer care professionals listen, gain insights and more effectively engage with customers across social channels, Microsoft has unveiled Microsoft Social Listening. This new service adds the capabilities for people to analyze and act on market intelligence from social conversations, including measuring sentiment across a wide array of social channels. It also allows users to track product, brand, competitor and campaigns globally and in real time to gain true understanding of their customers and their business across the social Web.

Breaking from industry norms, Microsoft believes that social capabilities are core to customer relationship management, so they should not be limited to an elite few at high costs. Enabling every employee within an organization, Microsoft Social Listening will be offered as part of the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online professional licenses at no additional charge; on-premises customers can get Microsoft Social Listening for an incremental cost.

More information about this upcoming release is detailed in a blog post by Bob Stutz, at Microsoft Dynamics CRM customers and prospects can learn more about Microsoft Dynamics CRM at In addition, they can follow and engage with the Microsoft Dynamics CRM community @MSDynamicsCRM at

About Microsoft Dynamics

At the heart of every successful business are the people who make things happen. Microsoft Dynamics designs modern business solutions that empower individuals with intuitive tools that allow them to do their best work. Our proactive, easy-to-use business applications adapt to the way people and systems work, enabling businesses to rapidly deploy and be forward-looking in an ever-changing world.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

Note to editors: For more information, news and perspectives from Microsoft, please visit the Microsoft News Center at Web links, telephone numbers and titles were correct at time of publication, but may have changed. For additional assistance, journalists and analysts may contact Microsoft’s Rapid Response Team or other appropriate contacts listed at

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postheadericon About the security content of iOS 7.0.6

This document describes the security content of iOS 7.0.6.
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postheadericon Asus & Linksys Routers Firmware Hacked: Stay Safe With DD-WRT & Tomato

Asus Vulnerability Warning

Asus Vulnerability Warning

A couple of recent news items involving hackers and a series of popular routers caught our attention, and we’d like to tell you how FlashRouters can keep you safe from these all-too-common attacks and firmware security holes.

A Spate of Recent Router Hacks

This is not the first time similar firmware issues linked to the insistence of including cloud applications within a router have appeared. Including cloud based activities like Asus’ AiCloud with limited security at the base of your network is not recommended as it opens up not just an individual device bu the entire network to major possible security cracks and damage. While not included in this story, Netgear and D-Link is also not innocent of similar firmware issues. They both have had very serious similar issues in the very recent past.

To start with, researchers have found a malicious worm that has affected at least a thousand different home and small office Linksys routers, including the E1000, the E1200, and the E2400. Johannes Ullrich of the Sans Institute described the depth of the issue in a recent blog post, which detailed the worm’s method of attack, and the ways in which the worm self-replicates by taking advantage of code-execution vulnerability in the device’s original firmware.

Then there was an Asus firmware vulnerability: only a few days after the Linksys exploit revelation, a researcher named Kyle Lovett publicly exposed a major vulnerability in a number of heavy duty Asus routers and their faulty firmwares. In fact, the image above is of an anonymous message that reached at least one Asus user with this very same firmware vulnerability, warning users that the exploit leaves them open to hacking by “anyone in the world with an internet connection.”

Lovett was only moved to publish the exploit after he privately contacted Asus with the information. The router company dismissed the problem as “not an issue”, a dismissal with which Lovett evidently disagreed. According to Ars Technica, potentially affected routers include the “RT-AC66R, RT-AC66U, RT-N66R, RT-N66U, RT-AC56U, RT-N56R, RT-N56U, RT-N14U, RT-N16, and RT-N16R.”

DD-WRT & Tomato Linksys/Asus Routers Security Fixes

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Asus RT-AC66U Upgraded Features

These particular stories made us sit up and take notice, because there are a few routers listed as vulnerable that are included in our line, such as the Linksys E1200, the Asus RT-AC66U and the RT-N66U. The difference, of course, is that the hackable versions of these routers have not been flashed with DD-WRT or Tomato firmware. The main reason for this hardware’s ability to be exploited is the faulty firmware and denying that these manufacturers are claiming.

The cure for what ails this fine networking hardware is to ideally replace the firmware they include with it. While some of the features and the ease-of-use may be nice, it is not worth the continual issues and security concerns. And that is where we come in.

At FlashRouters, we get our name from this very process; we take powerful routers (vulnerable as they may be before we upgrade them, as the above linked articles demonstrate), and super-charge their versatility, making them not just capable of running faster, but of keeping your network completely secure. Top-quality replacement firmwares like DD-WRT and Tomato give users the ability to extend their wireless range and control how their bandwidth is allocated, but more importantly, they give users access to a wide range of advanced security options. They even make VPN usage much simpler.

Exploits like those documented above are increasingly prevalent, and worth the extra effort that goes into preventing them. Fortunately for you, FlashRouters is willing to put in the effort so you don’t have to. All you have to do is find the right router for you.

Check out our recent best-seller’s of 2013 list and see if anything on there appeals to you, though we’ve added a pair of crazy powerful routers in the last month that might win the day: the Netgear R7000 DD-WRT Nighthawk and the Netgear R6300 Wireless-AC DD-WRT V2. If this is the final straw that breaks the camel back for you, we are more than ready to make sure your next networking device is even more secure while leaving firmware security holes as a thing of the past.

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postheadericon and FOX News team up to bring real-time online polling to nightly news; Bing Pulse featured on ‘Special Report with Bret Baier’

REDMOND, Wash. — Sept. 16, 2013 — and FOX News Channel (FNC) are teaming up on the Bing Pulse online voting tool, enabling viewers to share their opinions and reactions to news commentary in real time online at With the new feature, viewers will have the opportunity to interact with the panel segment on FNC’s “Special Report with Bret Baier” (weeknights at 6 p.m. ET) to offer their feedback instantaneously.

“This is a first for evening news,” said Josh Gottheimer, general manager of Strategic and Special Projects at Microsoft Corp. “With the Bing Pulse, viewers get a seat at the table to weigh in on the discussion. It’s the perfect marriage of the Internet, Bing’s big data technology and television news programming.”

Earlier this year, Bing and FNC debuted the Bing Pulse as part of the network’s coverage of the 2013 State of the Union address. The breakthrough Bing Pulse recorded the largest live online poll in history, garnering 12.9 million votes during President Obama’s live address. Real-time results from the tool were shown on the network and available at

How it works

The Bing Pulse allows people to join the conversation by “voting” every five seconds on their reactions to the content they are watching during the panel’s discussions. Viewers simply go to from a computer, tablet or mobile device to connect with the conversation. Unlike typical polls, the Bing Pulse allows people to self-identify as male or female and register their party affiliation. The Bing Pulse enables Americans to track and share opinions on the top issues of the day. As the panel discussion progresses on the program, viewers have five choices to characterize how they are feeling about the discussion: strongly agree, somewhat agree, neutral, somewhat disagree and strongly disagree.

The live count of the number of “pulses,” or votes, is shown as a line graph of how users react to language and issues throughout the discussion that is visible on-screen. In addition to measuring the sentiment of the audience about the conversation, the Bing Pulse also provides an intensity score, which highlights the moments on the panel segment when the greatest number of viewers voted at the same time.

Data is split by gender and political affiliation. During the course of the program’s panel, the Bing Pulse features updated results every few seconds on the TV screen with data also available at Final results are reported at the end of the program.

During a monthlong pilot of the tool on the Friday editions of “Special Report” in August, millions of votes were cast and as many as 60,000 votes per minute were recorded during the panel discussions on the program.

About Bing

Bing is the search engine from Microsoft, designed for people who do. For people like you who are always doing more and don’t have time to sit still. Now, only Bing brings together the best search and the best people from your social networks, like Facebook and Twitter, to help you spend less time searching and more time doing. So whether you’re on your PC or on your phone, Bing is designed not just to connect you to the information you are looking for, but also to help you get things done right on

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

Note to editors: For more information, news and perspectives from Microsoft, please visit the Microsoft News Center at Web links, telephone numbers and titles were correct at time of publication, but may have changed. For additional assistance, journalists and analysts may contact Microsoft’s Rapid Response Team or other appropriate contacts listed at

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postheadericon Internet Privacy & Network Security News Roundup – Early 2014

Privacy Roundup

Privacy Roundup

2013 featured no shortage of news stories related to privacy and privacy invasion, as we’re sure you noticed. Edward Snowden’s NSA leaks and all of the subsequent stories that branched off from them made the amount and extremity of government snooping quite clear (that’s to say nothing of major personal security breaches, like those that occurred on Target’s watch).

So aside from validating all of the fears of the extremely paranoid, the NSA PRISM program also set a lot of people with reasonable fears about personal security and privacy on considerable edge, us included (we like to think we belong in the latter category). In that spirit, we thought it might be a good idea to resurrect our old privacy link roundups. After all, while our President may be promising to review the effects of the Big Data leaks, we think it’s good to stay vigilant and hyper-aware of the potential threats to our privacy and security on a seemingly daily basis.

Top Internet Privacy News Stories of 2014

Privacy Link Roundup - Google Chrome Bug

Privacy Link Roundup – Google Chrome Bug

Google Chrome Eavesdropping Bug – A pretty major bug has been discovered in Google Chrome – it would basically allow a malicious website to access your computer’s microphone and listen to it long after you’ve left the original site – and it would seem that Google has yet to do anything about it, despite having long since developed a patch for the issue.

President Obama to Review Impact of Big Data – We alluded to this one above, and the title pretty much says it all. Nonetheless, it’s heartening to learn that the President is willing to, at the very least, examine the potentially troubling affects of allowing federal agencies and major communications corporations unfettered access to the citizenry’s private information.

A Civil Liberties & Privacy Officer for the NSA – As part of the NSA’s Minor-And-Ceremonial-Demonstrations-of-Good-Faith program, the massive intelligence agency has hired a Civil Liberties & Privacy Officer (CLPO) to protect the very ideas inherent in the job title. The new hire, Rebecca Richards of the Homeland Security Privacy Office, is due to start the job next month.

Verizon’s First Transparency Report – And while we’re on the subject of major communications corporations and privacy, Verizon has released their first transparency report which details all of the requests for information they’ve received from government agencies. The staggering numbers include 164,000 subpoenas and 36,000 warrants.

A Possible Plea Bargain for Snowden?

A Possible Plea Bargain for Snowden?

A Possible Plea Bargain for Snowden? – Slate considers the circumstances around the President’s (and Attorney General Eric Holder’s) recent public consideration of a plea deal for famed NSA leaker, Edward Snowden. It’s unlikely that this signals that President Obama or Holder respect Snowden’s brave choice to leak classified information, and are more likely fearful of what else he might leak if a bargain isn’t reached.

Why, Oh Why, Do People Still Use These Passwords? – We know we’re more invested in the business of online security than most, but c’mon people: if you’re still using “Password” as your password, we’re not sure we can help you anymore.; That said, we’re glad something else has overtaken it for worst password (please stop using “123456″).

Angry Birds Say They Won’t Share Your Data – Rovio, the makers of the immensely popular Angry Birds game, are outright denying sharing your information with the NSA, although they do allow that their third-party ad networks might be used by governmental agencies to collect user data. Rovio says they will reevaluate whether or not they should continue using these ad agencies.

One More Snowden Story, We Promise – According to documents leaked by Edward Snowden, the British government is more than capable of spying on some of the most popular social media sites in the world, such as YouTube and Facebook. What is the name of this insidious and secretive monitoring program. You guessed it: Squeaky Dolphin (you didn’t guess it. Who could?).

Would You Allow the Police to Use Your Security Camera – A proposal from San Jose, Calif., City Councilman San Liccardo requests that citizens register their home security cameras for usage by law enforcement. The idea is that, should a crime commit around the area of your home security camera, the police could then use the feed from your house to determine what occurred. Unsurprisingly, some are taking issue with this proposal.

Tor Exit Relays Spying on Traffic – From Threat Post: “Researchers from Karlstad University in Sweden published a paper this week examining the malicious behavior of some Tor exit relays and found 25 that were either behaving maliciously, or were misconfigured to the point where they would raise a red flag on the network. The nearly two dozen relays in question are a small fraction of the available exit nodes—as many as 1,000 at a given time—that act as a final gateway for a user’s traffic to pass before it hits the open Internet.”

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postheadericon Microsoft asks consumers to ‘Do 1 Thing’ to support Safer Internet Day

REDMOND, Wash. Feb. 10 , 201 4 In support of international Safer Internet Day (SID) and following the release of the latest results of the third annual Microsoft Computing Safety Index (MCSI), Microsoft Corp. is asking consumers to “Do 1 Thing” to stay safer online and commit to doing so on a new, interactive website,

The new site 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.

“The Internet touches our lives every day; we email to stay connected, share photos and videos, pay bills, and shop,” said Jacqueline Beauchere, chief online safety officer, Microsoft. “Sometimes, though, the very experiences that we love about the Internet put us at risk.”

According to the MCSI survey, the annual worldwide impact of phishing and various forms of identity theft could be as high as $ 5 billion, with the cost of repairing damage to peoples’ online reputation higher yet at nearly $ 6 billion, or an estimated average of $ 632 per loss. This means that education and guidance about how to avoid online risks remain key and is why Microsoft is asking people to “Do 1 Thing” today and make it part of their daily digital routine.

Of the more than 10,000 consumers surveyed:

  • 15 percent said they were victims of a phishing attack, losing on average $ 158.

  • 13 percent said their professional reputation had been compromised, costing on average $ 535 to repair.

  • 9 percent said they had suffered identity theft at an average cost of $ 218.

Yet despite such losses, only 36 percent said they limit what strangers see on social networks and the amount of personal information online, while 33 percent said they adjust their social network privacy settings. And, only 33 percent use a PIN (personal identification number) or password to lock their mobile device.

“There are many things you can do to stay safer online. If we all do just one thing, imagine how much safer we all will be, together,” Beauchere said. “Go to our website to share your one thing. Tell the world that you’re committed to helping keep the Internet safer and more secure. And once you do, you’ll be part of that positive change.”

Internet users can make more informed decisions and help better protect their online activities by visiting, which provides a range of hints, tips and guidance including the following:

  • Help guard your devices and online accounts. Use a unique four-digit PIN for mobile devices and strong passwords for online accounts.

  • Perform sensitive transactions over secured networks. This includes paying bills, banking or shopping. Don’t share personal account information over “borrowed” or public Wi-Fi connections.

  • Take charge of your online reputation. Discover what information about you is on the Internet, periodically re-evaluate it, and remove unwanted or inaccurate content to cultivate an accurate, positive reputation.

  • Help protect your social circles. Use privacy settings to manage the information you share and with whom you share it. Be selective about what you post and accepting friends.

About the Microso f t Computing Safety Index survey

Now it its third year, the MCSI survey measures the online safety behavior of almost 10,500 consumers in 20 countries. The survey was conducted March through May 2013 and asked consumers to share their online experiences for the 12 months prior. Countries in the survey include Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

Note to editors : For more information, news and perspectives from Microsoft, please visit the Microsoft News Center at Web links, telephone numbers and titles were correct at time of publication, but may have changed. For additional assistance, journalists and analysts may contact Microsoft’s Rapid Response Team or other appropriate contacts listed at

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postheadericon How to Watch Netflix US in Germany

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Netflix Coming to Germany?

According to The Verge, Netflix is in talks with American content owners about offering the streaming service in parts of Europe including Germany and France. However, a specific date for the release of Netflix in Germany is still unknown. At the moment, Netflix’s European coverage is basically limited to the UK, Ireland, and most of Scandinavia.

So that’s all well and good for new prospective customers in Europe, but what about those who are on extended vacations, checking out all of the historic sites in Dresden and Munich and Berlin? What about those on extended business trips in Frankfurt or Hamburg? And those living on United States military bases located in Germany? Netflix doesn’t offer the same content from country to country, so the best option is to find a way to watch Netflix US in Germany to squeeze as much out of that Netflix subscription as possible. How do those aforementioned people keep in touch with the material on their Netflix Instant Queue if the service offers completely different content to a Germany-based audience?

Regardless of these changes in availability in Germany and the EU, the US version of Netflix is still the premiere option for the most popular content. It provides streaming TV and movie lovers with the latest and msot popular options including popular TV programs like The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, and Netflix’s own House of Cards arriving in the US first. Using Netflix with a US American IP address is the best way to watch Netflix US in Germany.

How Can I Watch Netflix US in Germany?

So you are ready to get stated watching Netflix US on an Xbox, PS4, Roku or other streaming device from Germany? Well, the solution to your frustration couldn’t be simpler. Subscribe to a VPN service provider with US-based IP addressed.

Using a VPN to Watch Netflix US in Germany

A VPN service, or Virtual Private Network service, is a subscription-based service that is designed to ensure the online security of anyone using it. When you run your devices through a VPN connection, all of your online data and activity is securely tunneled through encrypted servers and locations of your choosing all over the world. This high-level encryption guarantees that malevolent online forces – hackers, identity thieves, snooping governments – are incapable of tracking your behavior and accessing your sensitive information (e-mails, credit card information).

Better still – and this is the important part for those looking to watch Netflix US in Germany – when connected to the top German VPN providers, you’re given the choice of which encrypted server you’d like to use. So if you’re in Berlin on vacation and you log into your VPN and pick a US server, you’ll be given a US-based IP address.

Effectively, this tricks your computer and the website into believing it’s somewhere that its not, and voila! Unblocked! You are unblocked from access to US Netflix, Pandora, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant and any other website/content that is blocked outside of America. You can use this same trick for unblocking the ability to watch Netflix US in Germany to access Google in China, or UK Netflix in America.

How To Set Up Router To Watch Netflix US in Germany

Your VPN and Netflix US streaming experience could be made a whole lot better with the help of a FlashRouter. Using a router specially equipped with a VPN will allow for you to change your IP address with ease. So what is so special about a FlashRouter? Here’s a little video to help you out.

VPN Provider Integration:
Each of these routers comes with built-in VPN integration, saving you the trouble of installing the tricky VPN installation software on your own (a process that has led to its fair share of bricked routers). If you have subscribed, or intend to subscribe, to any VPN on our Official Supported Provider List, your router will come ready to work with your VPN right out of the box!

Easy VPN Setup for Netflix: Hold on to your old router, and go with our popular dual router set-up which will allow you to switch between your local connection (for normal day-to-day usage) and your VPN (for advanced security and accessing geographically restricted material) with ease.

Best VPN Router & Providers for Netflix US from Germany

Popular VPN service providers for US IP addresses from Germany include:

Looking for more provider options, read our VPN provider comparison list to help you find the virtual private network that best suits your needs.

We haven’t even mentioned the primary appeals of owning a FlashRouter (although the video above should give you some idea of what FlashRouters offer). Every single router we offer is flashed with DD-WRT or Tomato firmware, replacement firmwares that are designed to super-charge routers.

Using a device flashed with DD-WRT or Tomato allows you to access advanced security options, extend your wireless range, or even control how your bandwidth is allocated (something particularly important for those who are trying to stream movies from their Netflix Instant Queue in the best quality possible).

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