Our access to information and entertainment; credit and financial services; products from every corner of the world even to our work is greater than earlier generations could ever have imagined. Thanks to the Internet, we can order books, clothes, appliances and gifts online; book a hotel room across the ocean; check our credit card and bank balances 24 hours a day; or access our offices from an airport thousands of miles away.
And yet, while the Internet helps make our lives richer and more convenient, it also provides a gateway to our personal information; our homes, families and worksites; our security and safety. Viruses, hackers and worms have become the stuff of headlines, with results that can range from mere headaches to complete havoc.
The good news is that securing your computer is largely a matter of routine maintenance. Using strong passwords, installing personal firewalls, and regularly running updated virus software can go a long way toward protecting your computer, your information, and your peace of mind from computer creeps who try to slow down a network operation, or worse yet, steal personal information to commit a crime.
The Federal Trade Commission has created this website for consumers and businesses as a source of information about computer security and safeguarding personal information. All over the site, youll see Dewie the e-Turtle. Dewies wired, but carries his security shell no matter what hes doing on the Internet. Even though turtles take their time, Dewie crosses the finish line first because he takes the appropriate steps to avoid a disaster. From time to time, Dewie will post new materials on this site with useful information for computer users, from kids to businesspeople. Check it often for updates.
In the Resources section, you¹ll find links to information
security materials from other government agencies and non-profit organizations, including the National Cyber Security Alliance’s StaySafeOnline.info and the beta version of the Internet Education Foundation's GetNetWise.org security section.
US-CERT, a partnership between the Department of Homeland Security's National Cyber Security Division (NCSD) and the private sector offers the National Cyber Alert System to provide timely information about current and emerging threats to computers and networks. To sign up for alerts from the National Cyber Alert System,
click on the US-CERT logo on the right.
Individuals, businesses and governments around the world all have a role in the “culture of security.” Check out the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Guidelines for the Security of Information Systems and Networks.