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Cybersecurity for small business: Tech support scams
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 15:20:43 -0500 - By Andrew Smith, Director, FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection

An employee gets a phone call, pop-up, or email warning about a problem with the office computer. In an effort to be helpful – or perhaps concerned they clicked on something that caused the glitch – the employee follows instructions to send money, turn over personal information, or provide access to your system. As a small business owner, you know it’s a tech support scam, but are you sure every member of your team has the savvy to spot it?

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Watch what’s happening at Day 2 of the Data Security hearings
Wed, 12 Dec 2018 09:17:26 -0500 - By Lesley Fair

It’s Day 2 of the data security discussion, presented as part of the FTC Hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century – and you can watch the webcast live.

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Data security hearings start today: Watch the webcast
Tue, 11 Dec 2018 08:43:46 -0500 - By Lesley Fair

You’ve probably been following the FTC Hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century. The next two days of hearings – Tuesday, December 11th, and Wednesday, December 12th – will take a deep dive into a topic of interest to just about every business and consumer: data security.

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Cybersecurity for small business: Business email imposters
Fri, 07 Dec 2018 11:09:13 -0500 - By Andrew Smith, Director, FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection

When cyber crooks send messages trying to trick people into disclosing passwords or account information, they often mimic a recognizable email address to make it look like it’s coming from a trusted source – for example, from your company. It’s a practice called spoofing and it packs a double wallop. Not only does it put consumers at risk for identity theft, but spoofing can unfairly damage the reputation for trust you’ve worked hard to earn.

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If the stars in consumers’ eyes are from cosmetic contacts, they need a prescription
Thu, 06 Dec 2018 15:17:52 -0500 - By Lesley Fair

What do Hollywood classics Sunset Boulevard, Citizen Kane, Double Indemnity, and Fight Club have in common? They all begin with the end of the story.

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Endorsement enforcement: Deceptive diabetes claims challenged
Tue, 04 Dec 2018 13:10:40 -0500 - By Lesley Fair

Archeologists report that the first mention of diabetes was in a papyrus excavated from an Egyptian tomb. Roll the scroll out a bit and it wouldn’t surprise us to find an ad (in hieroglyphics, of course) for a pill or potion promising a miracle treatment. Questionable diabetes products have been around for centuries and the latest one to attract law enforcement attention is a dietary supplement called Nobetes.

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Everybody comment now?
Tue, 04 Dec 2018 10:37:19 -0500 - By Lesley Fair

Willing to wager there’s no plausible connection between 90s dance group C + C Music Factory and the FTC’s just-announced request for public comment about the Red Flags Rule and the Card Issuers Rule, known collectively as the Identity Theft Rules?

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Cybersecurity for small business: Phishing
Fri, 30 Nov 2018 11:30:46 -0500 - By Andrew Smith, Director, FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection

Phishing scammers have gotten more sophisticated. They still send out mass emails asking consumers for credit card numbers or bank account information. But they’re also targeting small businesses by imitating the look of messages your employees routinely receive.

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Complaint alleges unauthorized charges and credit card laundering put consumers through the spin cycle
Wed, 28 Nov 2018 12:48:32 -0500 - By Lesley Fair

According to a lawsuit filed by the FTC, an international network of corporations and individuals put consumers through the wringer with false claims about “free” trial offers, followed by unauthorized charges to their accounts.

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Talking turkey
Tue, 20 Nov 2018 12:17:53 -0500 - By Lesley Fair

Whether it’s a spare can of cranberry sauce or an extra turkey platter, thoughtful Thanksgiving hosts make contingency plans for the holiday. This year, if the dinner discussion veers into controversial territory – like the pumpkin pie vs. pecan pie debate – here’s a suggested topic of conversation you can have at the ready.

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