The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has just issued some new guidance for consumers about ways to prevent and then correct hacking of their emails or social network accounts.  This new guidance “Hacked Email”  can be found as a link in the article announcing their new guidance (www.ftc.gov; “FTC Advises Consumers on Preventing, Identifying, and Dealing With Hacked Email or Social Networking Accounts”).

Their article includes a list of the signs that should alert consumers that their email or social networking accounts have been hacked.   I covered much of this information in my blog (“Pro-active Corrective Steps Post Email Hacking”; July 22nd).  The FTC’s guidance highlights another key hacking indicator, i.e., when a consumer can’t open her email or social networking accounts.  The FTC article also list 6 tips about ways consumers can be pro-active in trying to protect their emails and social networking accounts against hacking.

Those tips are listed in the “What to Do Before You’re Hacked” section of the FTC article.  There is also a link in the FTC article to their tips for consumers about using public wi-fi networks.

The FTC article is worth reading.  It’s a concise resource for consumers about the concrete steps they can take to try and thwart hacking as well as the actions they must take if their emails or social networking accounts do get hacked.