FTC Information and Alerts

  • Researchers find bug in Wi-Fi network encryption

    Oct 19, 2017 | 12:39 pm

    If you have a smartphone, laptop, or IoT device connected to a Wi-Fi network, the information you send over that network could be at risk. Researchers recently found a bug that lets attackers break the encryption that protects most wireless[…]

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  • Victory Media's proposed settlement with the FTC

    Oct 19, 2017 | 04:00 am

    When servicemembers think about a civilian career, they often consider getting more education – but they need trustworthy information to make good decisions. That’s why the FTC just announced a proposed settlement with Victory Media, alleging its school search tool promoted[…]

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  • Shopping for airfare deals

    Oct 18, 2017 | 12:39 pm

    You want the best deal for your next flight, but the choices can be overwhelming. Will you book directly on an airline’s website, or buy through a site that lets you compare costs across multiple airlines? These tips will help[…]

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  • Business License Scams: A Barrier for Reentrants

    Oct 16, 2017 | 13:58 pm

    Many reentrants don’t believe they will ever get a business license through the usual channels. That makes them vulnerable to scams. Some reentrants may find themselves frustrated by occupational licensing regulations that don’t make sense. Maybe their trade is licensed[…]

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  • Got student loan debt? Don’t be scammed.

    Oct 13, 2017 | 14:31 pm

    If you’ve got student loan debt, you’ve probably seen ads or been contacted by companies promising they can help. Some are scams – and the FTC is going after them.Today the FTC announced Operation Game of Loans, a joint FTC[…]

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  • Let’s focus on cybersecurity for small businesses

    Oct 11, 2017 | 19:56 pm

    If you own a small business or work for one, you’re probably concerned with protecting your business’ data. You want to make sure that sensitive information isn’t accidentally deleted, turned over to a scammer, or hacked. So this week, during[…]

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  • Give wisely to help shooting victims

    Oct 10, 2017 | 15:41 pm

    Tugging at your heartstrings is a tried and true method scammers use to get to your wallet. When tragedy strikes, they take advantage.Sadly, the Las Vegas shooting is no exception. The FTC has heard from people about suspicious requests for[…]

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  • Hurricane Maria: Make your donations count

    Oct 5, 2017 | 20:15 pm

    Hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico, home to almost 3.5 million Americans.Those of us with personal ties to the island are shocked by the catastrophe Hurricane Maria left behind. It has been sobering and emotional. We are struggling[…]

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  • Tech-savvy seniors get online

    Oct 5, 2017 | 15:20 pm

    If you’re reading this, you’re fairly tech-savvy. But did you know that some older adults never go online? You may have a friend or family member who’s reluctant because they don’t think their information will be safe. They might feel[…]

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  • Celebrate National Cyber Security Awareness Month

    Oct 3, 2017 | 12:42 pm

    October can be full of ghouls and ghosts, but what’s scarier that you can’t see? Scammers and fraudsters who want to hack into your computer, undetected, and steal your personal information or install malware.Fear not, the FTC comes bearing treats[…]

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Latest News

  • Trick or Treat

     The City of West Burlington Trick-Or-Treat will be held on October 31st, 2017 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. Below are tips to help make the festivities fun and safe for trick-or-treaters and party guests.

  • Due to the construction project on Broadway, please use caution in the downtown area as larger than normal trucks... https://t.co/or8BqhaiMh
  • Due to technical difficulties with our broadcasting computer, we were unable to bring you tonight’s council... https://t.co/OfEsN6kIfJ
  • Please use the Agency Street entrances to access the businesses in the Wal Mart area.
  • The City has a water main break between Spring and Summer in the 500 block. Crews are onsite to make the repair... https://t.co/a4fQLzQDLE