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Protecting Your Privacy

Are Sleep Number mattresses recording you while you snooze?
Is your Sleep Number mattress recording what goes on in your bedroom? Privacy & Security December 3, 2018
Technology can be be a double-edged sword, making our lives easier but sometimes at the expense of our privacy. We've…
How to tell if that Amazon.com email is legit
How to tell if that email you get from Amazon is legit or a phishing scam Protect Your Identity November 30, 2018
As the world's largest online retailer, Amazon.com sends untold numbers of emails to consumers on a daily basis. Many of…
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60 million people may have had their data exposed by the U.S. Postal Service Protect Your Rights & Identity November 26, 2018
The United States Postal Service confirms a long-lived security flaw on its website potentially exposed the data of 60 million…
Mylife.com compiles your info into a 'reputation score' — here's how to remove it
MyLife.com compiles your personal info into a ‘reputation score’ — here’s how to remove it Protecting Your Privacy November 16, 2018
A cottage industry of websites and other companies are mining your personal data to make a buck. One such site…
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USPS Informed Delivery: Sign up for this free service in your name before a criminal does! Protect Your Identity November 15, 2018
Identity thieves are exploiting a loophole in a free postal service designed to give you an early look-see into what's…
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Banks are now working with DMVs to get your personal data Protect Your Identity November 13, 2018
The nation's big banks want to be in cahoots with your state's Department of Motor Vehicles. So are they looking…
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HealthCare.gov data breach reveals info on 75,000 people Protect Your Rights & Identity November 12, 2018
HealthCare.gov has revealed that it suffered a minor breach last month that exposed the data of around 75,000 people who…
Your Vizio TV might soon tell you if it's been spying on you
Your Vizio TV might soon tell you if it’s been spying on you Mobile & Electronics November 12, 2018
The old saying "if these walls could talk" has seldom been as appropriate as it is now concerning one of…
Thieves are stealing frequent flyer miles — but here's how to protect yourself
How to keep your frequent flyer miles safe from thieves Protect Your Rights & Identity November 6, 2018
Criminals seem to know no bounds in trying to swindle unsuspecting victims. One scheme that seems to be increasing in…
Tired of getting political texts on your phone? Here’s how to put a stop to them (maybe)
Tired of getting political texts on your phone? Here’s how to put a stop to them (maybe) Protecting Your Privacy November 5, 2018
Have you fatigued yet on all the noise around the midterm elections? Are you still getting a lot of text…
DuckDuckGo: The search engine that values your privacy
Want to guard your privacy online? Search the web with DuckDuckGo Protect Your Identity October 19, 2018
You'd be forgiven if you think the internet search engine game starts and ends with Google. While the Mountain View,…
Do you have any 'ghost accounts' online? If so, take this decisive step
Have ‘ghost accounts’ online? If so, take this decisive step now Protect Your Rights & Identity October 17, 2018
According to a fairly recent survey, the average internet user has somewhere around 30 discrete online accounts. Of course, some…
Hackers accessing Apple IDs to steal money from iPhone users
Hackers in China accessing Apple IDs to steal money from iPhone users Protect Your Rights & Identity October 12, 2018
In an increasingly sophisticated scheme, hackers are stealing Apple IDs and siphoning big money from iPhone users. The scam works…
Hotel phone scam targets guest with calls from fake 'manager'
Scam alert: Hotel guests getting calls from fake ‘managers’ Scams & Rip-Offs October 12, 2018
New reports of an old hotel phone scam targeting guests and their wallets are popping up with greater frequency these days.…
How to stop those annoying 'Congratulations' gift card ads
How to stop those annoying ‘Congratulations’ pages on your phone’s browser Mobile & Electronics September 14, 2018
Perhaps you're familiar with this scenario: You visit a website on your mobile device, sometimes one you've never been to…
Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen
Have you eaten at Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen? Take these steps to protect your credit Protect Your Identity August 23, 2018
Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen has suffered a cyberattack that is believed to have yielded the payment information of a half million…
3 things to know about Google’s new privacy and security features
3 things to know about Google’s new privacy and security features Protect Your Rights & Identity June 22, 2018
After public outcry in response to high-profile data breaches and the Facebook data scandal, tech companies are finally starting to…
UPDATE: 27 million user accounts breached in Ticketfly hack
UPDATE: 27 million user accounts breached in Ticketfly hack Protect Your Identity June 7, 2018
Ticketing website Ticketfly is back online after being hacked last week in a high-profile data breach. It was initially reported that “thousands” of…
FBI warning: Why you should reboot your router now
FBI warning: Why you should reboot your router now Privacy & Security June 7, 2018
If your home or office computer uses a router, there's a good chance the device may be hit with a…
6 common password mistakes & how to avoid them
6 common password mistakes & how to avoid them Protect Your Rights & Identity June 5, 2018
Internet passwords have come a long way over the years. It used to be quite common for people to use…
T-Mobile website data breach exposed customer addresses, PINs
T-Mobile website data breach exposed customer addresses, PINs Protect Your Identity May 25, 2018
T-Mobile may bill itself as the "Un-carrier" because it bucks customer-unfriendly practices in the wireless industry, but it looks like…
The one and only reason to have a ‘piece of trash’ debit card
The one and only reason to have a ‘piece of trash’ debit card Money & Credit May 22, 2018
Pushed by the banks for years, debit cards have become a popular way to pay for everything from gas to…
Get a call from a Dish Network telemarketer? You could be owed up to $1,200!
Get a call from a Dish Network telemarketer? You could be owed up to $1,200! Protecting Your Privacy May 7, 2018
Telemarketers can be annoying, but a particular call you may have received years ago from staffers representing Dish Network may…
How to choose a good password
How to choose a good password Protect Your Identity May 4, 2018
Password protection should be a priority for us all. Just this week, social networking site Twitter said that it found…
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Please warn your friends and family not to fall for this Facebook lottery scam Scams & Rip-Offs April 27, 2018
Facebook has been raked over the coals lately ' and rightly so ' for allowing third-party apps to trick users…
More than 1M kids had their identities stolen in 2017 — here’s how to protect yours
More than 1M kids had their identities stolen in 2017 — here’s how to protect yours Identity Theft April 24, 2018
The saying "It takes a village to raise a child" predates the smartphone era, but it may be just as…
Data breach: Facebook says 50 million users hacked
Warning: Think twice before answering these Facebook poll questions News April 24, 2018
Following the Cambridge Analytica data scandal, many Facebook users have been thinking long and hard about the information they share with…
Some Facebook users hit with malware attack ‘ here’s how to stop it
Some Facebook users hit with malware attack ‘ here’s how to stop it Privacy & Security April 20, 2018
Just when we thought it couldn't get any worse for Facebook, who is involved in a huge data scandal, a…
Poll: Americans more concerned with Equifax data breach than Facebook scandal
Poll: Americans more concerned with Equifax data breach than Facebook scandal Protect Your Identity April 12, 2018
The personal information of millions of Americans has been at the heart of two of the biggest controversies in the…
Here’s how to deactivate your Facebook account
Here’s how to deactivate your Facebook account Protect Your Identity March 26, 2018
Over the weekend, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg released a full-page ad in major U.S. and U.K. newspapers apologizing for the…
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