Industry estimates suggest that one in 10 computers in the U.S. is currently part of a botnet, a collection of computers whose security is compromised by malicious software so they can be used by attackers for criminal activity and espionage.
Did you know that a child’s personal information can be stolen from somewhere as ordinary as a school or doctor’s office? In fact, the number of complaints to the FTC about child identity theft is on the rise. An adult may think that “adopting” a child’s identity is a way to start over if they’re in a financial bind – to get things like car loans, mortgages, or medical care.
I’m passing on some information from the Stop Think Connect campaign.
This week the Stop.Think.Connect. Campaign is celebrating National Police Week. A tradition since 1962, National Police Week is a time to honor the tremendous efforts and sacrifices law enforcement officers make every day to help keep this country secure.
Today, FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz is participating in a panel discussion about privacy and social networking at the Common Sense Media symposium, The Impact of Media on the Health & Well-Being of Children.
A series of recent malware attacks have targeted Macs, infecting hundreds of thousands of computers. U.S. CERT recommends that Mac users review the security updates issued by Apple to address these new threats.
Research and Policy Coordinator for Bullying Prevention Initiatives, Department of Education
Preventing and responding to cyberbullying is a key concern for many youth and parents. The effects of cyberbullying can be serious and long lasting and can have a farther reach than in-person bullying. A comprehensive approach to the issue is critical because many youth who experience or engage in cyberbullying also are involved in in-person forms of bullying. It’s not enough to simply talk about the problem; everyone has a role to play and actions they can take to help stop bullying.
If you run a small business, you may rely on technology to expand your reach and stay competitive, even if you don’t have a full-time IT staff. OnGuardOnline.gov wants you to have the information you need to protect your data, your networks, and your IT systems.
Attorney, Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, FTC
Recently, I had the opportunity to speak at a Mobile Devices Roundtable organized by the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) and the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR). The Roundtable was part of HHS’ initiative to identify privacy and security good practices for health care providers, professionals and other entities that are using mobile services.
Every year, the FTC Chairman highlights the work the agency has done to protect consumers and promote business competition. This year, for the first time, these highlights are online with interactive, multimedia features.