online safety

Connecticut youth invited to be Smart Consumers, compete for prizes in state Consumer Protection Week contest

Connecticut’s young people aged 12 to 18 are the special focus during Consumer Protection Week, Sunday March 2nd through Saturday March 8th, at the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection. The agency is hosting an online quiz and essay contest that will award three lucky winners an Apple I-Pad Mini, an Apple I-Pod Touch, or a Kindle FireContinue Reading >

Data Privacy Day Is January 28th

Data privacy is so important, there’s a day dedicated to it. The National Cyber Security Alliance is kicking off Data Privacy Day with an event on January 28, 2013, at the George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. Panelists will explore data stewardship and privacy innovation, as well as the implications for personal information in an on-demand mobile environment. FTC Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen will keynote the event. Continue Reading >

Gear up for a Great NCPW!

The 15th annual National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) is March 3 - 9. Government agencies, advocacy organizations, and private sector groups from coast to coast have come together here to share information that can help you make smart decisions about a slew of subjects, including privacy protection, money and debt management, and recognizing identity theft, frauds and scams. Continue Reading >

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NCPW News/Events

Getting Your Money Back After a Tech Support Scam

If you’ve ever had a virus on your computer, you know what a nightmare it can be — a slow computer that crashes unexpectedly, your contact lists getting messages that you didn’t send, your online accounts vulnerable to hacking.

Perhaps just as frustrating as a virus infecting your computer? Paying someone to get rid of a virus that isn’t there. Continue Reading >

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Scam Alerts, Technology

Give Dad the Gift of Cyberspeak

Does your dad think spyware is James Bond’s tux? When you tell him to be careful about phishing, does he ask you about mercury levels in the lake? When you remind him to clear the cookies on his PC, does he remind you he doesn’t eat in the office?

If you answered yes to any of these, it may be time to give Dad a lesson in cyberspeak. Continue Reading >

How Some Companies Get a Sneak Peek at Your Life … Literally

Every now and then, many of us get the strange feeling someone’s watching us. Given how easy it is these days for companies to gather information about where we are, what we’re doing, and how we’re doing it, this may well be more than a feeling.

Even so, here’s one that really takes the cake: Continue Reading >

Kids under 13 can’t Yelp it

If you have children under 13, do you know about COPPA — the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act? Websites and services covered by COPPA must get your consent before they collect personal information from your child, and they must honor your choices about how that information is used. Continue Reading >

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Technology

October means Halloween… and National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Happy October! Along with fall foliage, sweater weather, and shorter days, you’ve probably noticed Halloween-themed candy and décor lining store shelves. While the start of October may remind us that the spookiest day of the year is just around the corner, it also kicks off National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). Continue Reading >

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Technology

Reset a Resolution for Safer Internet Day

It’s been 42 days since New Year’s. Have you broken any resolutions? Safer Internet Day is the perfect day for a “replacement” resolution. If you promise yourself to be safe, secure, and responsible online, the tips at OnGuardOnline.gov can help.

Want to keep your money safe from fraud? Promise yourself you’ll avoid scams online. Continue Reading >

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Technology

The New Net Cetera: Hot off the Press

This just in: The revision of the FTC’s free guide, Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids About Being Online, is hot off the press. The booklet has updated tips for parents, teachers, and other adults to use when talking with kids about online safety and digital citizenship.

So what’s new? The guide reflects changes in the online space since it came out in 2009. Among other timely and important issues, you can find tips on: Continue Reading >

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Technology

Trending

In 2012, the FTC received more than 2 million consumer complaints – a first in the history of the Consumer Sentinel Network. The #1 category of complaints? Identity theft. This tidbit is from the hot-off-the-press Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book 2012, a fascinating analysis of complaints received in Sentinel during the previous calendar year. Continue Reading >

Welcome to NCPW 2014

Sunday marks the 16th annual National Consumer Protection Week. The Federal Trade Commission stands with 74 federal, state and local agencies and organizations to stand up for consumers by highlighting the very best in consumer education resources.

This site offers practical and timely information to help you recognize and report scams; manage debt; use technology wisely; evaluate products and services; fight identity theft; and see the truth behind advertising claims.   Continue Reading >

What to know about webcam hackers

Have you seen news reports about foreign websites showing live feeds from unsecured wireless cameras — like nanny cams, baby monitors, and security cameras — in the U.S. and around the world? It’s creepy stuff, but there are steps you can take to protect your camera from prying eyes. Continue Reading >

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Technology, Scam Alerts