It is tax time. The tax scammers are gearing-up. Learn how to protect yourself during Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week January 29-February 2, 2018. Tax identity theft occurs when a person uses someone else’s Social Security number to either file a tax return and claim the victim’s refund, or to earn wages that are reported as … Continue reading Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week January 29-February 2
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?
Fraud alert, freeze or lock after Equifax?
After the Equifax breach, clients and friends have been coming to us with questions. Some people are considering placing a fraud alert on their credit file. Others are thinking about freezing or locking their credit files to help prevent identity thieves from opening new accounts in their name. Here are some FAQs to help you … Continue reading Fraud alert, freeze or lock after Equifax?
The Dark Web: What you and your business need to know
During a recent meeting at Prince Law Offices, P.C., we were discussing ransomware and the dark web. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently posted a helpful description of the dark web and how it may impact you and your business. You probably have heard about the “dark web” and wondered how it affects businesses – … Continue reading The Dark Web: What you and your business need to know
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
Is the USPTO really contacting your company? Maybe not.
If your business has taken steps to protect your intellectual property with patents or trademarks, you’ve probably had correspondence or communications with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). But some businesses report receiving letters or emails that look to be from the USPTO, but really aren’t. Prince Law Offices, P.C., the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and … Continue reading Is the USPTO really contacting your company? Maybe not.
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?