Tech Support Fraudsters to Pay

A federal court ordered that the assets of the operators of an alleged tech support scam be used to reimburse consumers who lost money to the defendants’ scheme. The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania agreed with the FTC, the State of Connecticut, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania that the money held by … Continue reading Tech Support Fraudsters to Pay

Did the FCC Just Kill the Internet?

Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Acting Chairman Maureen K. Ohlhausen issued the following statement in response to today’s vote by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on the Restoring Internet Freedom Order regarding net neutrality: “The FCC’s action today (December 14, 2017) restored the FTC’s ability to protect consumers and competition throughout the Internet ecosystem. The FTC is ready … Continue reading Did the FCC Just Kill the Internet?

National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month which is an annual campaign to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity. The Internet touches almost all aspects of everyone’s daily life. National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) is designed to engage and educate partners through events and initiatives to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity, … Continue reading National Cyber Security Awareness Month

FCC FILING DEADLINE FOR FORM 477 DATA IS NOW SEPTEMBER 1, 2017

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) FCC’s Form 477 filing interface, available online at https://apps2.fcc.gov/form477/login.xhtml, is now accepting data as of June 30, 2017.  The filing deadline for Form 477 data as of June 30, 2017 is September 1, 2017. Information on how to file Form 477 is available on the FCC’s Form 477 Resources for … Continue reading FCC FILING DEADLINE FOR FORM 477 DATA IS NOW SEPTEMBER 1, 2017

When the Lights Go Out – Black Sky Power Outage Mass Event – Preparedness

What would you do if you didn't have power for an extended period of time? For one week? For one month? For six months? “EARTH EX” is designed to help you think through this scenario and increase your preparedness. Leadership and staff from the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC), Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and … Continue reading When the Lights Go Out – Black Sky Power Outage Mass Event – Preparedness

Stick with Security – Part 1

When it comes to data security, what’s reasonable will depend on the size and nature of your business and the kind of data you deal with. But certain principles apply across the board: Don’t collect sensitive information you don’t need. Protect the information you maintain. And train your staff to carry out your policies. The … Continue reading Stick with Security – Part 1

Stick with Security: FTC Providing Insights on Data Security Practices

As part of its ongoing efforts to help businesses ensure they are taking reasonable steps to protect and secure consumer data, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is publishing a series of blog posts using hypothetical examples based on lessons from closed investigations, FTC law enforcement actions, and questions from businesses. These new posts will build … Continue reading Stick with Security: FTC Providing Insights on Data Security Practices

FTC Cybersecurity Roundtables with Small Businesses

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is hosting small business owners in a series of public roundtables across the United States to discuss the most pressing challenges small businesses face in protecting the security of their computers and networks. The Engage, Connect, and Protect Initiative: Small Business and Data Security Roundtables are part of an ongoing … Continue reading FTC Cybersecurity Roundtables with Small Businesses

Central PA Residents & Businesses Switching to 10-Digit Dialing in ‘717’ Area Code in August

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today reminded residents and businesses across Central Pennsylvania served by the 717 area code of the upcoming switch to 10-digit dialing for all local calls - in preparation for the activation of a new “overlay” area code, which will serve the entire region. According to the implementation schedule for the “223” … Continue reading Central PA Residents & Businesses Switching to 10-Digit Dialing in ‘717’ Area Code in August

Someone Stole your Phone?

Identity theft can happen to anyone. Last week the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published an article based on a true story from one if its fraud investigators who had her phone stolen. She provided tips you can take to protect your digital identity: Smart Phone: Lock your phone. Use at least a 6-digit passcode on … Continue reading Someone Stole your Phone?