OnGuard Online Blog

Scammers Make It Seem Like OnGuardOnline.gov Is Calling

OnGuardOnline.gov and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are hearing from people who think we’ve called them.  OnGuardOnline.gov is an educational website managed by the federal government. We never contact people by phone to ask for their information or to “fix” their computers. The phone number you see on your caller ID is probably a fake.

Out with the Old (Computer): How to Do It Safely

Did you get a new computer for the holidays? Wondering what to do with your old one?

Traveling this Holiday Season? Beware of Identity Theft.

With the holiday season in full swing, the Department of Homeland Security’s Stop.Think.Connect.™ Campaign reminds travelers to be vigilant with their electronic devices. While many people rely on these devices for travel arrangements, directions, and communication, identity thieves may try to take advantage of those on the go.

A Toolkit by Any Other Name

If you’ve come to OnGuardOnline.gov looking for the Stop.Think.Connect. Toolkit, look no further than the Net Cetera Community Outreach Toolkit. That’s right: It’s one toolkit with two names, which might seem strange, but there’s a method to our madness.
 

Prepping Kids to Go Online? Send Them to the Mall.

Kids have busy lives. To keep up, they may begin spending time online: creating profiles, sharing photos, chatting with friends. The freedom to socialize on the go is great, but there are some risks, too.

Tips for Using OnGuardOnline.gov

We’re constantly looking for ways to improve OnGuardOnline.gov, so we really appreciate the feedback we get from visitors. We can’t always respond to every request, but we wanted to take a moment today to address some questions that we’ve seen more than once.

Blog Topic: Be Smart Online

Is Losing Weight Really This Easy?

It’s some pitch – lose lots of weight quickly with products you can try out for free. Even better when the products seem to be endorsed by trusted news site and satisfied “reporters” can attest to all the unwanted pounds they’ve dropped.

The FTC’s Settlement with Facebook: Where Facebook Went Wrong

When it comes to privacy promises, what businesses say about the personal information they collect from you has to line up with their day-to-day procedures. That’s the message of the FTC’s proposed settlement announced today with Facebook. Where did the company go wrong? The agency’s 8-count complaint boils down to this: Facebook’s privacy practices often flew in the face of its stated policies and, as one count alleges, the company made significant retroactive changes to its privacy practices, without getting users’ consent.

Blog Topic: Be Smart Online

FCC Launches the Small Biz Cyber Planner

Yesterday, the FCC launched its Small Biz Cyber Planner, an online resource to help small businesses create customized cybersecurity plans. The online tool is available at fcc.gov/cyberplanner.

New Research: Parents Matter

For years, the Pew Internet and American Life Project has been doing high-quality research on the online experience. Now, in Pew’s most recent study, “Teens, Kindness and Cruelty on Social Network Sites,” researcher Amanda Lenhart takes a close look at teenagers’ experiences on social networks. 

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