FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact: Allison Rodway
The Internet Education Foundation Partners with the FTC to Bring Consumers Resources to Protect Themselves Online
New FTC site will mirror tools and resources available on GetNetWise.org
WASHINGTON, D.C., September 27, 2005 -- The Internet Education Foundation, the non-profit organization behind the Internet safety site GetNetWise.org, announced today that it has partnered with the Federal Trade Commission to provide the agency with information about safety tools and flash video tutorials for its newest endeavor, the consumer safety Web site OnGuardOnline.gov. The GetNetWise database includes information about tools to help consumers fight spyware, guard their personal information, enhance their computer security, prevent unwanted e-mail, and protect their children online. The site also provides recommended tips, tools, and actions for Internet users, along with flash video tutorials that show consumers how to enable many of the security features of popular software and applications. Similar to the GetNetWise.org site, OnGuard Online will feature tips, articles, and videos, as well as provide information to consumers on how to report spam or scams and how they can sign up for periodic security alerts with the agency.
The Internet Education Foundation has agreed to share its resources with the FTC to extend its consumer education outreach to a broader cross-section of the Internet users. GetNetWise.org is a public service brought to consumers by Internet industry corporations and public interest organizations to help ensure that Internet users have safe, constructive, and educational or entertaining online experiences.
"We are honored this year to announce that the Federal Trade Commission has asked us to allow them to mirror our tools databases and video tutorials on their newest Web site -- "OnGuard Online," said Jerry Berman, President and founder of the Internet Education Foundation. "I applaud the FTC for highlighting computer security and safety as one of their top priorities preceding national cyber security month in October."
GetNetWise is a broad-based campaign managed and built by the Internet Education Foundation and is hosted by some of the most recognized names on the Internet today, including Dell Inc., Microsoft and Verizon. GetNetWise is currently supported by a steering committee made up of the following leading organizations: American Library Association, Center for Democracy & Technology, Recording Industry Association of America, Council of Better Business Bureaus and TRUSTe, and advised by a diverse advisory board. For more information, please visit the GetNetWise site at www.GetNetWise.org.
About OnGuard Online
The federal government and the technology industry have teamed up to create OnGuardOnline.gov, a new site to help computer users guard against Internet fraud, secure their computers, and protect their personal information. Consumers can minimize the chance of an Internet mishap by adopting OnGuard Online's seven practices for safer computing. For more information, please visit OnGuardOnline.gov.