Tag: personal information

Every day, you share information about yourself with businesses and their affiliates. In fact, you might not realize just how often it happens.

The social networking site RockYou has agreed to settle FTC charges that its security flaws allowed hackers to access the personal information of 32 million users. The FTC complaint also alleges that the company collected info from more than 100,000...

Yesterday, we featured the FTC’s newly released privacy report, which outlines a framework for protecting privacy in the 21st Century. Among other recommendations, the report strongly supports Do Not Track, a mechanism that would allow you to...

In today’s world of smart phones, smart grids, and smart cars, companies are collecting, storing, and sharing more and more information about you. In fact, as illustrated by the FTC’s new video, you might not realize just how often...

Did you know that an identity thief could use your Social Security number to get a job, or the tax refund that should be yours?Tax season is in full swing. Identity thieves can use a stolen Social Security number to apply for a job or file for a tax...

In light of Zappo’s recent announcement that its database was hacked, OnGuardOnline.gov offers the following tips to help you reduce your risk of identity theft: If you used your Zappos login ID or password for other accounts, change them....

You’ve probably heard about cookies and online tracking. Perhaps you’ve been wondering how they work, but you’re not sure where to start. OnGuardOnline.gov has the info you need to understand what cookies are, what they do, and how...

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. It can be easy for kids to over-share or...

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...

Identity theft occurs when someone uses your name, your Social Security number, or some other personal, financial, or medical information without your permission to commit fraud or other crimes. Online threats like phishing, malware, or hacking...

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