About Us

OnGuardOnline.gov is the federal government’s website to help you be safe, secure and responsible online.

The Federal Trade Commission manages OnGuardOnline.gov, in partnership with the federal agencies listed below. OnGuardOnline.gov is a partner in the Stop Think Connect campaign, led by the Department of Homeland Security, and part of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

The FTC, the nation's consumer protection agency, works for the consumer to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices in the marketplace and to provide information to help consumers spot, stop, and avoid them. The FTC enters consumer complaints into Consumer Sentinel, a secure, online database available to hundreds of civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) cybersecurity division is within the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD). It leads the national effort to protect and enhance the resilience of the nation’s physical and cyber infrastructure. NPPD coordinates efforts to protect the overall cyber infrastructure through analysis, warning, information sharing, vulnerability reduction, mitigation, and aiding national recovery efforts for critical information systems. DHS manages the Stop.Think.Connect.™ national awareness campaign.

The Department of Commerce advocates for technological innovation; analyzes factors that affect U.S. technological innovation and competitiveness; develops and promotes measurements, standards and technology to enhance productivity, trade and the quality of life; and provides access to information that stimulates innovation and discovery.

The Department of Education seeks to strengthen the federal commitment to assuring equal access to educational opportunities for all people. The Department is working to expand access to early learning programs, accelerate student achievement in K-12 schools, and help students pay for college to improve the long-term economic competitiveness of our country.

Since 1984, the Office of Justice Programs has provided federal leadership in developing the nation's capacity to prevent and control crime, improve the criminal and juvenile justice systems, increase knowledge about crime and related issues, and assist crime victims.

The Department of State's mission is to advance freedom for the benefit of the American people and the international community by helping to build and sustain a more democratic, secure, and prosperous world composed of well-governed states that respond to the needs of their people, reduce widespread poverty, and act responsibly within the international system.

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) regulates commodity futures and option markets in the United States. The CFTC assures the economic utility of the futures markets by encouraging their competitiveness and efficiency, protecting market participants against fraud, manipulation, and abusive trading practices, and by ensuring the financial integrity of the clearing process.

The central mission of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is to make markets for consumer financial products and services work for Americans — whether they are applying for a mortgage, choosing among credit cards, or using any number of other consumer financial products.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), an independent United States government agency, is charged with regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) is an independent agency created by the Congress that maintains the stability and public confidence in the nation’s financial system by insuring deposits, examining and supervising financial institutions, and managing receiverships.

Since 1998, the Information Assurance Support Environment (IASE) website has been identified as a "one stop shop" for sharing IA information, training, policy, Enterprise IA Tools, and Security Technical Implementation Guides (STIGs) throughout the Department of Defense (DoD).

The IRS is a bureau of the Department of the Treasury and one of the world's most efficient tax administrators. Its mission is to provide America's taxpayers top quality service by helping them understand and meet their tax responsibilities and enforce the law with integrity and fairness to all.

As the primary law enforcement and counterintelligence agency for the Department of Navy, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) is dedicated to protecting the men, women, ships, planes, and resources of America's seagoing expeditionary forces worldwide.

The mission of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission is to protect investors, maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets, and facilitate capital formation. The SEC seeks to detect problems in the securities markets, prevent and deter violations of federal securities laws, and alert investors to possible wrongdoing.

The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID) conducts felony-level criminal investigations that involve the Army’s global community. CID investigations frequently include crimes against persons, procurement fraud, and cyber crime.

The United States Postal Inspection Service fights criminals who attack our nation's postal system and misuse it to defraud, endanger, or otherwise threaten the American public. As the primary law enforcement arm of the United States Postal Service, the Postal Inspection Service is a highly specialized, professional organization performing investigative and security functions essential to a stable and sound postal system.