TIP: Facebook Privacy & Security

At the Social Networking session held during the 20th annual Texas CPAAA & Law Enforcement Annual Training Convention in Waco last July, privacy and security issues surrounding Facebook usage were covered and the following documents were mentioned and have been made available for download:

Building your presence with Facebook Pages: A guide for Police Departments
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TIP: Consumer Protection & Internet Safety

Internet Safety: Netsmartz
http://www.netsmartz.org
Parents or caregivers, educators, government officials, law enforcement, and youth organizations that want to learn more about the Internet and the possible dangers to children online. It has many links including the Cybertip Line, and Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce. According to the Norfolk Quarterly, this site is recommended by the Norfolk Police Department.

Internet Fraud: Looks Too Good to Be True
http://www.lookstoogoodtobetrue.gov
Be sure to visit this great web site sponsored by the FBI and the US Postal Inspection Service along with other partners dedicated to the education of consumer and prevention of internet fraud. This site will give you tips, describe the types of fraud, and tell victims’ stories. It includes a highly informative section of Frequently Asked Questions. You can take a test to see if you are at risk for fraud and you can also file a complaint at this site. Beat the thieves by being informed!

Internet Shopping: Safe Shopping
http://www.safeshopping.org
This informational site was created by the American Bar Association and contains a wide variety of subjects that will help you to order safely when shopping online. Topics included are security, delivery, complaints, best payment methods, and a helpful list of shopping tips.

Consumer Protection: Federal Consumer Information Center
http://www.pueblo.gsa.gov/inthenews.htm
You will find general consumer information on a variety of topics, and also a description of the various federal programs, including Medicare. Look here for the Consumer Information catalog that can be viewed online, or downloaded free, or to to order booklets. There is a link to the National Call Center to obtain answers to your questions about the federal agencies, benefits, and services.

Consumer Information: USA Government’s Official Web Site
http://www.usa.gov
This is a first class site which was ranked as the most effective federal web site for 2007 and 2008. It has numerous links, and a huge amount of information on identity theft, privacy, chain e-mails, staying safe online, and common tax scams. Don’t miss this one!

Other Links:
DPS:   http://www.dps.texas.gov/
HCSO:   http://www.co.hays.tx.us/index.php/law-enforcement/sheriff/
Constables:   http://www.co.hays.tx.us/index.php/law-enforcement/constables/
Texas Parks and Wildlife:   http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/
TABC:   http://www.tabc.state.tx.us/
Borderland Beat:   http://www.borderlandbeat.com/
Terrorism Awareness Project:   http://terrorismawareness.org/
State of Texas Government:   http://www.texas.gov/en/Pages/default.aspx
Texas Department of Transportation:   http://www.dot.state.tx.us/default.htm
Texas Sex Offender Registry:   https://records.txdps.state.tx.us/DPS_WEB/SorNew/index.aspx