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National Consumer Protection Week March 4-10, 2018

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National Consumer Protection Week will arrive March 4, 2018. As a greater share of American lives and livelihoods have gone online over the years, the need to be cautious and aware has followed.

Your personal information is a valuable commodity. It’s not only the key to your financial identity, but also to your online identity. Knowing how to protect your information--and your identity--is a must in the 21st century. The FTC provides tips to help do so effectively.

On the FTC website, you’ll find information about:

Limiting Unwanted Calls & Emails

Some phone calls and emails are important, some can be annoying, and others are just plain illegal. Learn how to reduce the number of unwanted messages you get through the phone and online.

  • Stopping unsolicited mail, phone calls, and email
  • Blocking unwanted calls and do not call registries
  • Watching out for phone scams
  • Email and text message spam and other email scams

Learn more about limiting unwanted calls and emails.

Protecting Kids Online

The opportunities children have to socialize online come with benefits and risks. Adults can help reduce the risks by talking to their children about making safe and responsible decisions. The FTC provides content that examines kids’ relationship with:

  • Cyberbullying
  • Computer security
  • Mobile phones and texting
  • Socializing online
  • Parental control and protection of their privacy

Learn more about protecting kids online.

Online Security

The Internet offers access to a wide range of products and services, entertainment and information. At the same time, it creates opportunities for scammers, hackers, and identity thieves. Learn how to protect your computer, your information, and your online files.

  • Computer and phone security and disposal
  • Scams and malware
  • Online tracking
  • Securing your Wi-Fi network or using public Wi-Fi
  • Understanding mobile apps
  • Using IP cameras safely
  • Hacked email and phishing

Learn more about online security.

Identity Theft

While identity theft can happen to anyone, there are some things you can do to reduce your risk.

  • Using credit freezes to protect your identity
  • How to keep your personal information secure
  • Identity theft protection services
  • Warning signs of identity theft and what to do

Learn more about identity theft.

Consumer protection extends far beyond online. You can find information across the full range of consumer activities, such as money and credit, homes and mortgages, health and fitness, and jobs and earning money on the FTC website.

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