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FTC Annual Highlights

Springtime: For us here at FTC headquarters, it means warm weather, cherry blossoms on the National Mall, and the publication of the agency’s Annual Highlights. Take a look at our highlights for the past year, presented in an interactive format, and find out how the FTC: Continue Reading >

If They’re App-y and You Know It

Have kids in your life? Then you’ve probably got a collection of kids’ apps — or soon will. Whether it’s a game on your phone or a math app on your tablet, find out what apps might be doing — but might not be telling you — and what you can do about it:

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Mystery Shopper Reveal: Are You Selling Entertainment to Kids?

Guess who recently went undercover to see if entertainment ratings were enforced when teens tried to buy age-restricted video games, movies, or music?

It wasn’t Columbo, Sherlock Holmes or the Pink Panther. Continue Reading >

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Traveling for Spring Break?

Oh yes, it’s that sweet time of year again — Spring Break is almost here! Whether you’re off to sunbathe on the sand, see the sights, or ski the slopes, it pays to be an informed travel shopper.

You might find your inbox overflowing with tempting discount offers for your getaway. But can you tell the difference between a legitimate travel deal, and a scam? If you’ve got a minute, take a listen to our travel tips to avoid travel tricks. Continue Reading >

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Tweet Your Consumer Questions to the Experts

Got questions about debt collection, identity theft or online safety? Here’s your chance to get them answered, live, by consumer protection experts.

On Wednesday, March 6 at 2:00 PM EST, the Federal Citizen Information Center of the U.S. General Services Administration and the Federal Trade Commission and will host a Twitter chat to answer your questions about debt collection, guarding against identity theft, protecting yourself and loved ones online, and other consumer protection topics. Continue Reading >

National Consumer Protection Week: Be An Educated Consumer

The Hillsborough County Consumer Protection Agency joins federal and state government agencies for the 15th Annual National Consumer Protection Week March 3-9 to provide practical tips to help consumers make better financial decisions. Continue Reading >

Which HTC Devices Will Get Security Updates?

The FTC and HTC America announced a settlement recently that requires the company to fix security flaws in their smart phones and tablets that put users’ sensitive information at risk. If you’re wondering whether your device was affected, you’ll be relieved to know there’s a new webpage for HTC users that lists affected HTC devices and the status of updates, along with a toll-free number for information (866-449-8358) that is staffed from 8 am to 1 am EST. Continue Reading >

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Patching Things Up

If you own an HTC phone or mobile device, you may be affected by a settlement announced today between the FTC and HTC America.

According to the FTC, security failures in HTC devices left users vulnerable to hackers. If exploited, these security problems could allow crooks to install malware or access sensitive information stored on the device. Continue Reading >

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Is Your Favorite Hotspot Secure?

What’s not to like about the convenience of free public Wi-Fi? It’s nice to be able to connect to the internet when you’re away from home. Unfortunately, these hotspots often aren’t secure. If you go online using public Wi-Fi — like at an airport or a coffee shop — you may unintentionally share personal information with strangers. Read more Continue Reading >

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Looking Online for Your Valentine?

Lots of people use online dating sites to find love. Unfortunately, cupid can sometimes be a con artist in disguise.

Be sure to know the difference between a real romance and a scammer cruising for a target. If an online love interest asks for money — for any reason — you may be dealing with a scam.

Got a minute? Check out our audio tip for more on how to avoid a broken heart and a busted wallet. Continue Reading >

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