While the FBI supports and encourages the development of new technologies, we also recognize that technology can be misused for illicit and, in some cases, criminal purposes.
The downside is that being “always on” renders computers more susceptible.
Some operating systems offer free spyware protection, and inexpensive software is readily available for download on the Internet or at your local computer store.
Be wary of ads on the Internet offering downloadable antispyware—in some cases these products may be fake and may actually contain spyware or other malicious code. Computer operating systems are periodically updated to stay in tune with technology requirements and to fix security holes.
Note: The FBI does not send mass e-mails to private citizens about cyber scams, so if you received an e-mail that claims to be from the FBI Director or other top official, it is most likely a scam.
If you receive unsolicited e-mail offers or spam, you can forward the messages to the Federal Trade Commission at [email protected]
Order a Social Security Number Search If you are being stalked, harassed or defamed via a blog, Myspace, web site or other online forum.