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Microsoft, FTC Kick Off 'Get Net Safe' Tour

The campaign will tour a dozen U.S. cities to show consumers how to steer clear of spyware, phishing attacks, and other Web threats.

Microsoft Corp., the National Cyber Security Alliance, the Federal Trade Commission, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and several other organizations launched an Internet safety campaign Tuesday that will tour a dozen U.S. cities to show consumers how to steer clear of spyware, phishing attacks, and other Web threats.

Dubbed the "Get Net Safe" tour, the May-December swing begins in Washington D.C., moves on to Boston, Phoenix, Charlotte, N.C., Chicago, Detroit, New York City, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Dallas before ending up in Orlando.

The tour will host events in schools and with the local Chambers of Commerce, and hold teacher seminars, Internet fairs, and parent education nights, the group said.

According to Microsoft's research, 74 percent of consumers think they have the skills to protect themselves online, while 57 percent aren't sure they know enough to protect their PCs and the data on them. "We want to make sure that people have the information they need to be safe online," said Mike Nash, Microsoft's head of security, at press conference to unveil the program.

Microsoft also is hosting an accompanying Web site, StaySafe.org, that offers hands-on activities for a wide range of age groups, as well as expert advice and other information.

The FTC, meanwhile, which has had its own Internet safety site ( OnGuardOnline) up since 2005, added a wireless section Tuesday in support of the StaySafe campaign.

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