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The Federal Trade Commission’s Cyber Security Web site provides tips, brochures, a "Kidz Quiz," "Dewie" the e-turtle mascot, and consumer education material. Visit

The National Cyber Security Alliance, a cooperative effort between industry and government organizations, fosters awareness of cyber security through educational outreach and public awareness. Visit


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27 (the day we turn back our clocks for daylight savings)


Computer security is critical and the lack of security measures can be costly for consumers, businesses, and the government. Given the existence of such Internet dangers as blended threats, viruses, worms, Trojan Horses, hackers, privacy infringements, and cyber predators, it is critical that computer users band together to ensure that their personal information and privacy are protected by simple security procedures.


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The FTC works for the consumer to prevent fraudulent, deceptive and unfair business practices in the marketplace and to provide information to help consumers spot, stop and avoid them. To file a complaint, or to get free information on any of 150 consumer topics, call toll-free, 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357), or use the complaint form at The FTC enters Internet, telemarketing, identity theft and other fraud-related complaints into Consumer Sentinel, a secure online database available to hundreds of civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad.