Consumer Information Blog

Researchers find bug in Wi-Fi network encryption

If you have a smartphone, laptop, or IoT device connected to a Wi-Fi network, the information you send over that network could be at risk. Researchers recently found a bug that lets attackers break the encryption that protects most wireless networks – leaving data you send exposed.

Victory Media's proposed settlement with the FTC

When servicemembers think about a civilian career, they often consider getting more education – but they need trustworthy information to make good decisions. That’s why the FTC just announced a proposed settlement with Victory Media, alleging its school search tool promoted schools that paid the company, while claiming it gave independent advice.

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Shopping for airfare deals

You want the best deal for your next flight, but the choices can be overwhelming. Will you book directly on an airline’s website, or buy through a site that lets you compare costs across multiple airlines? These tips will help you weigh your options and avoid surprises you didn’t bargain for.

Business License Scams: A Barrier for Reentrants

Many reentrants don’t believe they will ever get a business license through the usual channels. That makes them vulnerable to scams. Some reentrants may find themselves frustrated by occupational licensing regulations that don’t make sense. Maybe their trade is licensed in some states, but not others. That’s confusing.

If you’re looking to get a professional or business license, here are three things you should do before you pay anyone money:

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Jobs & Making Money

Got student loan debt? Don’t be scammed.

If you’ve got student loan debt, you’ve probably seen ads or been contacted by companies promising they can help. Some are scams – and the FTC is going after them.

Today the FTC announced Operation Game of Loans, a joint FTC and state law enforcement sweep against student loan debt relief scammers. The operation includes seven actions filed by the FTC, with five new cases announced today.

Let’s focus on cybersecurity for small businesses

If you own a small business or work for one, you’re probably concerned with protecting your business’ data. You want to make sure that sensitive information isn’t accidentally deleted, turned over to a scammer, or hacked. So this week, during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, let’s focus on making sure you know the resources the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has to help you and your employees understand cybersecurity, maintain your business’ computer networks safe, and keep sensitive information protected.

Give wisely to help shooting victims

Tugging at your heartstrings is a tried and true method scammers use to get to your wallet. When tragedy strikes, they take advantage.

Sadly, the Las Vegas shooting is no exception. The FTC has heard from people about suspicious requests for donations. A little research will help you avoid a scam and ensure that your gift goes to a reputable charity that will use the money as you intend.

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Money & Credit

Hurricane Maria: Make your donations count

Hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico, home to almost 3.5 million Americans.

Those of us with personal ties to the island are shocked by the catastrophe Hurricane Maria left behind. It has been sobering and emotional. We are struggling daily to help our families and friends recover and just survive – under dire circumstances. And Puerto Rico isn’t the only Caribbean island suffering. Our American neighbors living on the United States Virgin Islands of St. John, St. Thomas, and St. Croix, are also in the thick of catastrophic damage.

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Money & Credit

Tech-savvy seniors get online

If you’re reading this, you’re fairly tech-savvy. But did you know that some older adults never go online? You may have a friend or family member who’s reluctant because they don’t think their information will be safe. They might feel better if you share some ways they can protect themselves online. Here are some tips to use and share.

Celebrate National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October can be full of ghouls and ghosts, but what’s scarier that you can’t see? Scammers and fraudsters who want to hack into your computer, undetected, and steal your personal information or install malware.

Fear not, the FTC comes bearing treats – not tricks – to help you secure your devices during October’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month.

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