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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.

Apps to stop robocalls

Are you getting hounded by robocalls and wondering what you can do about them? Reporting illegal robocalls helps the FTC and other law enforcement agencies go after the scammers behind them. But what can you do to stop those calls now? One option is a robocall-blocking app for your mobile phone.

FAFSA® student aid filings begin October 1

If you’re a high school or college student, or their parent, it’s nearly time for the 2018-19 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form, which becomes available October 1, 2017.

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Jobs & Making Money

Organic mattress claim put to bed

Some parents will spend top dollar for the comfort or safety rating, while others may invest in an organic label. But what if a company makes claims it can’t support? According to the FTC, one company, Moonlight Slumber, LLC, deceptively advertised its mattresses as organic and labeled its products with a safety shield it invented.

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Money & Credit

Recovering from Hurricane Maria

It's been a devastating hurricane season. First Harvey and Irma, and now Hurricane Maria has pummeled Puerto Rico. It’s time to take stock and develop a recovery plan. Here are a few tips and links to resources to help make the task less burdensome.

Security smarts for smartwatches

Enjoying the convenience of a smartwatch means trusting it to keep your data safe. Smartwatches offer a variety of security features, so keep security in mind when you shop for one.

What’s affiliate marketing? Should I care?

Many of the ads you see online are created by marketers who are paid each time you click on their ad. And if that click takes you to a website where you sign up to try a product or you make a purchase, the marketer may get paid even more. These are affiliate marketers. Affiliate marketing is a good way to promote a product or service as long as the ad is truthful.

Check out the infographic we created to explain this.

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Money & Credit

Free credit freezes from Equifax

Many people have had very sensitive personal information exposed in the Equifax breach — Social Security numbers, account numbers, even drivers’ license numbers. Equifax is offering free credit freezes until June 30, 2018. The company also will refund fees to anyone who already paid for freezes since September 7, when it announced the breach. If you’re thinking of placing a freeze, read this first.

Order free FTC publications for your community

Sharing what you know with your community can help others make sound financial decisions, avoid scams, and recover from identity theft. To help you spread the word, the FTC has created nearly 200 free publications on a variety of topics and in multiple languages. Order now — it’s free!

Fraud alert or credit freeze – which is right for you?

Considering a fraud alert or credit freeze? In the aftermath of the Equifax data breach, many people are. You don’t need to be an identity theft victim to use them – but it’s helpful to consider your situation. If you’re not sure which is best for you, here are some things to think about.