Craig Johnson is a conscious money-saver who still reads 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. You can reach Craig at [email protected]
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Nearly 800 million email addresses, passwords exposed
Nearly 800 million email addresses, passwords exposed Protect Your Rights & Identity January 17, 2019
If you're one of those people who use the same credentials for all your online accounts, an historic cybersecurity discovery…
Use social media in your job search? Here’s an important warning…
Use social media in your job search? Here’s an important warning… Jobs & Military January 15, 2019
Job sites have become important online destinations for those seeking employment as well as recruiters looking to hire new talent.…
Looking for cheap travel in 2019? Put these nine cities on your radar
27 cities that are vacation deals in 2019 Travel January 15, 2019
So, you've got the whole year ahead of you and it's time to begin planning those vacations. All you need…
Think you've got a 5G phone? You don't & here's why
Think you have a 5G phone? Not yet… Mobile & Electronics January 14, 2019
With all the marketing centered around cell phones and their capabilities, now's a good a time to be reminded that…
5 things to know about the Spotify Hulu student discount
5 things to know about the Spotify Hulu student discount Mobile & Electronics January 11, 2019
If you're in college, one of the most popular music streaming services has done you a solid. We're talking about…
What to do with gift cards with small balances
What to do with gift cards with small balances Shopping & Retail January 11, 2019
If you love to shop, there are few things as sweet as a valuable gift card with a large sum…
Don’t make this huge mistake with your car key fob
Don’t make this huge mistake with your car key fob Cars January 10, 2019
Vehicle technology, including safety and security features, has never been more advanced than it is now and yet the ease…
Lenovo laptop class-action settlement
Own a Lenovo laptop? You could be getting paid Protect Your Rights & Identity January 10, 2019
If you purchased a Lenovo laptop in recent years, you may be entitled to some money resulting from the settlement…
What happens to your Sears warranty and store gift card?
Sears bankruptcy: What you need to know about credit cards, gift cards, warranties Shopping & Retail January 10, 2019
Since the company that owns Sears and Kmart filed for bankruptcy in the fall, many customers are wondering what's going…
Here's why you should never send cash in the mail
Reminder: Why sending cash through the mail is a bad idea Scams & Rip-Offs January 9, 2019
A government agency has a new warning about something we've probably all been told is a no-no at some point:…
Here are some of the best jobs for 2019
High pay, low turnover: See the best jobs for 2019 Jobs & Military January 8, 2019
Even in a stable economy, job seekers abound. Most of us are not content to settle, so we're always on…
Here are the best new airline routes added for 2019
New airline routes for 2019: Here are some we’re most excited about Travel January 8, 2019
Each year, airlines debut new routes in an effort to stay competitive and win the battle for your travel dollars.…
Instead of a no-spend month, try these simple savings challenges
Instead of a ‘no-spend’ month, try these simple savings challenges Money & Credit January 7, 2019
Many Americans are trying to get themselves out of debt, and some drastic strategies are in play for 2019. Among…
How to protect yourself during a data breach
Were you caught up in any of 2018’s data breaches? Check your statements closely… Protect Your Identity January 4, 2019
If the previous 12 months have taught us anything, it's that data breaches will likely continue to be a huge…
How Alexa and other voice assistants can help you save money
Alexa, Siri & more: How voice assistants can help you save money Mobile & Electronics January 4, 2019
"Alexa, save me some money." Yes, we wish it was that easy. Voice assistants like the Alexa-enabled Echo, Google Home,…
As government shutdown goes on, don't expect tax refunds from IRS
Government shutdown: IRS says it will take your money but not issue refunds Money & Credit January 4, 2019
As the partial government shutdown continues, agencies are starting to chime in about how they will be able to function…
Think the new law means hospital 'gotcha' prices have gone away? Not so fast
New law requires hospitals to post their prices, but does it really change anything? Health January 3, 2019
For years, hospital pricing has been shrouded in mystery — until you get that ginormous bill that seems to have…
Looking to book a flight? Here are the cheapest days to fly in 2019
These are expected to be the cheapest days to fly in 2019 Travel January 3, 2019
If travel is in the cards for you in 2019, you might already be scouting out airline tickets. Wouldn't it…
Looking for work in 2019? Here are the fastest-growing job titles right now
Looking for work in 2019? Here are the fastest-growing job titles right now Jobs & Employment January 2, 2019
If you're looking for a new job right now, the employment outlook for the new year is looking pretty rosy…
Phone porting scam: How to protect yourself
Phone porting scam: How to protect yourself on different carriers Scams & Rip-Offs January 2, 2019
Thieves are increasingly stealing people's phone numbers in a new scheme known as "porting" or "port-out scamming." A phone porting…
Simple Mobile review: Is this low-cost carrier worth the savings?
Simple Mobile review: Is this low-cost carrier worth the savings? Mobile & Electronics January 2, 2019
I've been using Simple Mobile for close to a year now and I'd say that if you're a casual data user,…
5 New Year's resolutions that will improve your finances
5 New Year’s resolutions that will improve your finances right now Money & Credit January 1, 2019
With the new year here, you may be ready for a fresh start when it comes to your finances. Why…
Job alert: These 20+ companies are hiring like crazy for the new year
Job alert: These 20+ companies are hiring like crazy in January Jobs & Military December 31, 2018
If you’re looking for work in 2019, this is the perfect time to make a career change: January is a…
10 quotes on financial freedom from Clark Howard
Clark Howard’s Top 10 words of wisdom from 2018 Money & Credit December 28, 2018
Clark Howard's goal is for people to take control of their financial destiny. With signs of a volatile stock market…
Government shutdown assistance: These credit unions and banks are offering financial help
Affected financially by the government shutdown? Here’s help Money & Credit December 28, 2018
We are well into a partial government shutdown, and many people are starting to feel the crunch. If you're a…
Here are the 9 best end-of-year car deals
Looking for an end-of-year car deal? Here are 9 of the best Cars December 27, 2018
As if the price tags didn't give it away, 'tis the season for end-of-year car deals. Year's end markdowns are…
price match guarantees - 5 simple changes you can make to cut your food bill in 2019
5 simple changes you can make to cut your food bill in 2019 Food & Restaurants December 27, 2018
If you're not happy with your financial situation or simply want to improve it and do things differently in 2019,…
Read this before you sign up for a 'risk-free' trial
Read this before you sign up for a ‘risk-free’ trial Scams & Rip-Offs December 26, 2018
Perhaps you've been there: You run across a new service and want to give it a try, but it costs…
Looking for work? Here are the major job trends for 2019
Looking for work? Here are 4 major job trends for 2019 Jobs & Military December 26, 2018
If you're looking for a job or interested in a career change for 2019, there's no better time to apply…
Phone scam
Here’s Clark’s #1 rule for avoiding phone scams Scams & Rip-Offs December 21, 2018
Phone scams, which used to be limited solely to landlines or our "house phones," are now increasingly coming to our…