Craig Johnson

Craig Johnson is a conscious money-saver who stills read paperback books and listens to vinyl. He likes to write about how technology is making things easier and more affordable — but also sometimes more dangerous — for the modern consumer.
States where Americans pay the most (and least) in sales taxes
States where Americans pay the most (and least) in sales taxes Taxes February 22, 2018
With April 15 getting closer, many Americans have taxes on their minds. Of course, income tax is the prime focus…
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Your guide to DIY home security systems Improvements & Security February 22, 2018
Everyone likes to feel safe and the security of yourself and your family probably ranks pretty high on the list…
Feds file suit against popular stroller manufacturer after injury reports
Feds file suit against popular stroller manufacturer after injury reports Suits & Settlements February 21, 2018
Scores of reported injuries have caused the federal government to file suit against the maker of a popular brand of…
Here are the only two reasons you could go to jail over unpaid debt
Here are the only two reasons you could go to jail over unpaid debt Money & Credit February 21, 2018
As consumers spend away for the holidays, many people are using their credit cards to buy gifts. That means that…
Want to monitor your credit? Here’s how to sign up for Credit Sesame
Want to monitor your credit? Here’s how to sign up for Credit Sesame Protect Your Computer & Data February 20, 2018
With what we know now about the Equifax data breach, the probability that our personal information is already or soon…
Thinking about being an Airbnb host? Check to see if your city is on this list
Thinking about being an Airbnb host? Check to see if your city is on this list Homes & Real Estate February 19, 2018
The rise in popularity of homesharing services like Airbnb is allowing people around the world to make some extra cash…
Concerns grow about YouTube content geared toward children
Concerns grow about YouTube content geared toward children Mobile & Electronics February 16, 2018
We all know that children of all ages are increasingly comfortable with electronic devices, many of them even able (given…
Report: Your favorite smart TV may have some big security flaws
Report: Your favorite smart TV may have some big security flaws Mobile & Electronics February 16, 2018
That smart TV you have in your living room may not have been such a smart purchase after all when…
Tech startup Divvy aims to revolutionize the rent-to-own model for houses
Tech startup Divvy aims to revolutionize the rent-to-own model for houses Homes & Real Estate February 15, 2018
A new tech startup that allows renters to build up credit for a potential home purchase down the line may be…
Here’s how Google Chrome’s new ad-blocker works
Here’s how Google Chrome’s new ad-blocker works Browsers February 15, 2018
While the internet is no longer quite the pop-up-adopolis it once was, there are still plenty of websites that interrupt…
MoviePass was dream come true for film fans — now it’s making a lot of them angry
MoviePass was dream come true for film fans — now it’s making a lot of them angry Mobile & Electronics February 14, 2018
MoviePass, the subscription movie ticket service, is both enjoying and enduring a run unprecedented in the company's seven-year history. Within…
Equifax data breach
Turns out, the Equifax data breach was even worse than we thought Identity Theft February 14, 2018
Last fall, the Equifax data breach sent a shock to the financial system when it was announced that criminals hacked…
Uber institutes mandatory 6-hour break for its most active drivers
Uber institutes mandatory 6-hour break for its most active drivers Travel February 13, 2018
When you summon an Uber, how often do you think about your driver’s well-being? Do we know where he or…
Report: Here are the cities with the most credit card debt
Report: Here are the cities with the most credit card debt Money & Credit February 13, 2018
Most people do all they can to pay their bills on time and be good stewards of their financial lives,…
Recall alert: Fujitsu battery packs pose fire risk
Recall alert: Fujitsu battery packs pose fire risk Recalls February 12, 2018
A brand of battery packs available throughout North America over the past few years is being recalled because they can…
Facebook poll: 77% of parents want to choose the age their children go online
Facebook poll: 77% of parents want to choose the age their children go online Computer Scams & ID Theft February 12, 2018
Facebook continues to be immensely popular even though the number of people using the social media site on a daily…
How MoviePass and AMC’s squabble is affecting your movie-going experience
How MoviePass and AMC’s squabble is affecting your movie-going experience Mobile & Electronics February 9, 2018
It wasn't long ago that movie theaters were looking at the doomsday clock, wondering when the credits would roll and…
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Study: Nearly 60% of millennials say social media influences their purchases Shopping & Retail February 9, 2018
Social media has shaped our lives in major ways for most of the past decade, affecting everything from what we…
Report: Amazon removes sale of hair dryer shown on video shooting flames
Report: Amazon removes sale of hair dryer shown on video shooting flames Shopping & Retail February 9, 2018
A hair dryer manufactured in China has reportedly been pulled from Amazon after a viral video showed it shooting flames.…
Report: Apple may give rebates on iPhone battery replacements
Report: Apple may give rebates on iPhone battery replacements Mobile & Electronics February 7, 2018
Apple is reportedly looking into options to reimburse customers who paid full price for a battery replacement for their iPhones…
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Here is Clark Howard’s bottom line on Bitcoin Investing & Retirement February 7, 2018
It's no secret that Bitcoin has become one of finance's hottest topics, surging in popularity over the past year and…
Want to live comfortably? Here’s how much you need to make in every state
Want to live comfortably? Here’s how much you need to make in every state Money & Credit February 7, 2018
Like millions of other Americans, you may get your bi-weekly paycheck and immediately begin to divvy it out on your…
Tax season 2018: What happens when you’re audited by the IRS
Tax season 2018: What happens when you’re audited by the IRS Taxes February 7, 2018
As tax season begins in earnest, millions of Americans are getting their financial houses in order, trying to make sure…
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Wells Fargo slapped with sanctions for ‘persistent misconduct’ toward consumers Money & Credit February 6, 2018
The Federal Reserve has cracked down on Wells Fargo after what it called “widespread consumer abuses” committed by the bank…
Recall alert: Vornado cribside space heaters could catch fire
Recall alert: Vornado cribside space heaters could catch fire News February 6, 2018
A recall has been issued for a popular space heater for baby rooms because it may catch fire, the manufacturer said.…
What to do when you’re notified of a ‘merchant breach’
What to do when you’re notified of a ‘merchant breach’ Protect Your Identity February 5, 2018
As technology becomes more enmeshed with personal finance, cybersecurity breaches are becoming more prevalent. While there’s usually significant media coverage…
Equifax data breach
Report: Feds curtailing Equifax investigation Protecting Your Privacy February 5, 2018
Five months after the disclosure of the massive Equifax data breach, federal scrutiny of how the credit-reporting bureau allowed the…
Having a Super Bowl party? You should know about ‘social host’ liability
Having a Super Bowl party? You should know about ‘social host’ liability Insurance February 3, 2018
You’ve already planned the menu (hot wings, lemon pepper wings and BBQ wings — what else???) and imagined all of the…
Here’s why health experts are asking Facebook to shut down Messenger app for kids
Here’s why health experts are asking Facebook to shut down Messenger app for kids Children & Pets February 2, 2018
A group of health experts this week asked Facebook to shut down a popular chat app aimed toward kids, saying…