New FTC website helps small businesses

When scammers and hackers attack small businesses, it hurts not only the businesses’ reputations and bottom line, but also the integrity of the marketplace. Today, FTC Acting Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen announced a new FTC website, FTC.gov/SmallBusiness, to help business owners avoid scams, protect their computers and networks, and keep their customers’ and employees’ data safe. If you own a business you’ll want to check it out.

At FTC.gov/SmallBusiness you’ll find:

  • Tips on how to avoid scams that target businesses
  • Advice to help you protect your customers’ and employees’ sensitive data
  • Videos that show what you can do to secure your business’s networks

You can also find the FTC’s newest article Small Business Computer Security Basics, which has tips to help companies protect their files and devices, train employees to think twice before sharing account information, and keep their wireless network protected. The article also tells you what to do if a hacker gets into your computers or networks.

So go to FTC.gov/SmallBusiness, bookmark it, and visit it often. And subscribe to the FTC’s Business Blog to stay connected.
 

Comments

I have watched the evolution of the FTC resources for some years and appreciate the now extensive inventory you have built. This is has become an example for businesses to follow. Appreciate it.

First of all: A big thank you for putting so much effort into the new small business site. On the site Business Scams, one of the links is not working and leads to a page which says Access Denied. (Donating to Public Safety Fundraisers). I was really interested in this information because our business gets a lot of these calls but alas, the link did not work. Can you please correct this? Thank you very much

Thanks for spotting that, HPJ.  We'll look into it immediately. 

HPJ, we've replaced that publication with more detailed resources.  Before Giving to a Charity includes a checklist of steps for people (or businesses) thinking about making a donation and a video about how to spot a possible charity scam. 

And thanks for calling that broken link to our attention.  We appreciate it.

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