Online Brokerage Services: An Accident Waiting to Happen


March 1, 2001

This online portion of my brokerage account was set up "for my convenience" by the brokerage firm without any initiative from me, and what's worse, to my knowledge, without any notification that such an account had been set up. I did not become aware of the online account from the brokerage. I was made aware of it incidentally by a company I have stock in. I have no idea how long this account has been set up "for my convenience."

 

Coping with Identity Theft: Reducing the Risk of Fraud


Fact Sheet 17Coping with Identity Theft:
Reducing the Risk of Fraud

Online Privacy: Using the Internet Safely


Fact Sheet 18Online Privacy:
Using the Internet Safely

This fact sheet explains how your online activities may compromise your privacy and the steps you can take to protect youself. As consumers increasingly go online in so many aspects of their daily lives, the challenge is enjoy the conveniences of online activities while limiting the privacy sacrifices. As the focus of online activity migrates from desktop and laptop computers to smartphones and other mobile devices, the mechanisms for protecting your privacy continue to evolve.

Online Privacy FAQ


Fact Sheet 18aOnline Privacy FAQ

Can employers monitor your email at work?  How can you get your information removed from websites like Zabasearch and PeopleFinders?  What can you do if someone is pretending to be you on social networking sites like Myspace and Match.com? 

This FAQ answers some of the questions we are often asked by individuals who contact us concerning online privacy and safety.  Learn what you can do to protect your personal information when you use the Internet.

Anti-Spam Resources


Fact Sheet 20Anti-Spam Resources

Children’s Online Privacy: A Resource Guide for Parents


Fact Sheet 21Children’s Online Privacy:
A Resource Guide for Parents

Children's Safety on the Internet


Fact Sheet 21aChildren's Safety on the Internet

Online Shopping Tips: E-Commerce and You


Fact Sheet 23Online Shopping Tips:
E-Commerce and You

With just a click of the mouse, shoppers can buy nearly any product online -- from groceries to cars, from insurance policies to home loans. The world of electronic commerce, also known as e-commerce, enables consumers to shop at thousands of online stores and pay for their purchases without leaving the comfort of home. For many, the Internet has taken the place of Saturday afternoon window shopping at the mall. Consumers expect merchants to not only make their products available on the Web, but to make payments a simple and secure process. However, the same things can go wrong shopping in cyberspace as in the real world. Sometimes it is simply a case of a computer glitch or poor customer service. Other times, shoppers are cheated by clever scam artists.

Privacy Tips for Online Job Seekers


Fact Sheet 25Privacy Tips for Online Job Seekers

We have more than 70 Privacy Fact Sheets. Click here to see the rest.

Job seekers who use online job search web sites must be careful to avoid a type of job scam in which the applicant is asked to accept payment to his or her own bank account. These are known as payment-forwarding or payment-transfer scams. Payment-transfer scams involve a con artist who pretends to be an employer. The con artist uses a job ad to lure an unsuspecting job seeker, or they may use information from a resume they have found online. Such con artists can be quite convincing, and may even steal company names and corporate logos to convince victims that they are legitimate employers.

Avoiding Online Job Scams


Fact Sheet 25aAvoiding Online Job Scams

We have more than 70 Privacy Fact Sheets. Click here to see the rest.

Job seekers who use online job search web sites must be careful to avoid a type of job scam in which the applicant is asked to accept payment to his or her own bank account. These are known as payment-forwarding or payment-transfer scams.

Payment-transfer scams involve a con artist who pretends to be an employer. The con artist uses a job ad to lure an unsuspecting job seeker, or they may use information from a resume they have found online. Such con artists can be quite convincing, and may even steal company names and corporate logos to convince victims that they are legitimate employers.


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