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There’s an app for that (but it might be fake)

 There’s an app for that (but it might be fake)   by Ari Lazarus Consumer Education Specialist, FTC As more and more consumers are shopping with mobile apps, fraudsters are following the money. There are fake phone apps popping up that impersonate well-known retailers in order to steal your personal information. Their names are [...]

2017-03-06T12:52:43-05:00December 22nd, 2016|Mobile Phone Security|

Secure your home network devices to keep you safe.

What you need to know to secure your internet connected devices December 7, 2016 by Ari Lazarus Consumer Education Specialist, FTC Today’s hackers are attacking a lot more than just computers. They’re going after ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) ( anything that is connected to the internet in your home, like a DVR or your wireless router) [...]

2017-03-06T13:20:58-05:00December 7th, 2016|Computer Security|

Online Dating Scams

How to Recognize a Scam Artist The relationship may not be what you think, especially if your sweetheart: wants to leave the dating site immediately and use personal email or IM claims love in a heartbeat claims to be from the U.S., but is traveling or working overseas plans to visit, but is prevented [...]

2017-03-06T13:23:02-05:00November 27th, 2016|Computer Scams, Personal Scams, Telephone Scams|

General Computer Security

1. Use Security Software That Updates Automatically The bad guys constantly develop new ways to attack your computer, so your security software must be up-to-date to protect against the latest threats. Most security software can update automatically; set yours to do so. You can find free security software from well-known companies. Also, set your [...]

2017-03-06T13:25:00-05:00November 27th, 2016|Computer Security|

IRS warns of a new tax bill scam

November 17, 2016 by Seena Gressin Attorney, Division of Consumer & Business Education, FTC We certainly understand if the latest IRS imposter scam makes you queasy: it involves a fake IRS tax notice that claims you owe money as a result of the Affordable Care Act. The IRS says the fake notices are designed [...]

2017-03-06T13:25:47-05:00November 27th, 2016|Computer Scams, Taxes, Telephone Scams|