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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JetBlue
JetBlue is offering free flights right now to a surprise destination Travel October 18, 2018
Because we all like to save on air travel, the only thing better than cheap flights are free flights. And JetBlue…
Need a job? 'UPS Brown Friday' aims to hire 100,000 people in one day
Need a job? ‘UPS Brown Friday’ aims to hire 100,000 people in one day Jobs & Military October 18, 2018
UPS is going on a one-day hiring blitz Friday, October 19 to fill nearly 100,000 seasonal positions, the company said.…
What’s going to happen to your Sears credit card?
What’s going to happen to your Sears credit card? Credit & Debit Cards October 17, 2018
Despite a generally healthy economy, many retailers are struggling to get people into their stores. Just recently, department store chain Sears filed…
Warning: Beware this new T-Mobile cell phone financing offer
Warning: Beware this new T-Mobile cell phone financing offer Mobile & Electronics October 17, 2018
In recent years, T-Mobile has been tinkering with its business model, allowing it to steal headlines from some of its…
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…
Being asked to pay for your Roku setup? It's a scam!
Being asked to pay for your Roku device setup? It’s a scam!!! Mobile & Electronics October 17, 2018
So you've purchased a Roku device and can't wait to watch all the TV shows, movies and other content you…
Why United Airlines is threatening to ruin some fliers' credit
Why United Airlines is threatening to ruin some fliers’ credit Travel October 16, 2018
If you fly the friendly skies often, you know that even as the airlines advertise cheap fares, they are tightening…
Celebrity Cruises: 6 things you need to know before you book
Celebrity Cruises: 6 things you need to know before you book Travel October 16, 2018
If you want to splurge on your next voyage at sea, Celebrity Cruises may be just the thing for you.…
Playstation 4 message 'bricks' device, but here's how to fix it
Playstation 4 message ‘bricks’ device, but here’s how to fix it Protect Your Rights & Identity October 15, 2018
Some Playstation 4 users are complaining about a message they received on the device that subsequently "bricks" their consoles. It is…
Experian data breach: What we know + how to stay protected
Experian PIN recovery flaw: What we know now Protect Your Rights & Identity October 15, 2018
Editor's note: An earlier version of this story called this a "data breach," when it is actually more of a…
Jamaican lottery scam: How lucrative promises can ensnare the elderly
Jamaican lottery scam: How lucrative promises can ensnare the elderly Scams & Rip-Offs October 12, 2018
Elderly Americans are increasingly falling victim to a scam so pervasive that U.S. government officials have had trouble stopping it.…
Data breach: Facebook says 50 million users hacked
UPDATE: 30 million Facebook users hacked Mobile & Electronics October 12, 2018
Facebook updated the public Friday on a massive hack that exposed the personal information of millions of its users. The…
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.…
Things to know before you deal with a claims adjuster
6 things to know before you deal with a home insurance claims adjuster Insurance October 11, 2018
With an active hurricane season ongoing, many homeowners may soon find themselves picking up the pieces due to storm damage.…
Report: Here are the best cars to buy right now
New report: Here are the 7 best car deals right now Cars October 11, 2018
If you've ever been without a vehicle in the fall, you know that it's only a matter of time before walking…
The restriction American Airlines doesn't want low fare customers to know about
The policy change low-fare American Airlines customers need to know about Travel October 10, 2018
Basic economy has been a profit boon for American Airlines and other carriers. For fliers, the option offers cheap flights…
What the Google data breach means for you
What the latest Google data breach means for you Mobile & Electronics October 9, 2018
Another Google data breach, this time of the company's Google Plus social network, has reignited concerns about user privacy and…
American Airlines: 7 things to know before you fly
American Airlines: 7 things to know before you fly Travel October 9, 2018
If you're looking for an airline that flies just about anywhere, American Airlines continues to be one of the top…
Study: Here are the cars that depreciate the least & most
Looking for a new vehicle? Here are ones that hold their value the longest Cars October 8, 2018
Buying a new vehicle is one of the fastest ways to lose money. That's the reason money expert Clark Howard…
Big changes coming to United, JetBlue and other airlines in 2019
Big changes coming to United, JetBlue and other airlines in 2019 Travel October 8, 2018
If recent events are indicative, air travelers are in for some major changes at some of their favorite airlines in…
The apartment listing scams that renters keep falling for
Looking for new digs? Don’t fall for this apartment listing scam… Homes & Real Estate October 5, 2018
Searching for an apartment can be a stressful thing to take on, especially if you're pressed for time. With a…
Want that job? 3 steps to a robot-friendly resume
Want that job? 3 steps to impressing the robot that might be reading your resume Jobs & Military October 5, 2018
If you’re looking for a job, you may know that even the best qualifications might not be enough to get…
Scam alert: Why you should be very wary of letting a stranger borrow your phone
Scam alert: Why you should be very wary of letting a stranger borrow your phone Scams & Rip-Offs October 5, 2018
In this plugged-in digital age, most of us carry mobile phones. But things happen. People leave their phones at home,…
real-time payments, Federal Reserve, instant payments, instant cash, consumers, real-time payment system
An end to overdraft fees? Feds look into real-time payments Money & Credit October 4, 2018
If you've ever deposited a check into your account but had to wait for the funds to become available while…
Credit card startup Petal aims to help first-time borrowers build their credit
Credit card startup Petal aims to help first-time borrowers build credit — is it for you? Credit & Debit Cards October 4, 2018
Young adults and the credit industry aren't exactly peas in a pod, normally. Unestablished credit scan make it difficult for…
Is MoviePass going out of business?
The rise and fall of MoviePass: A brief timeline Mobile & Electronics October 3, 2018
Since it launched in 2011, MoviePass has been lauded for its ability to get people back out of their homes and…
Macy's
Job alert: These 26 companies are hiring like crazy for October Jobs & Military October 3, 2018
If you're looking to move into a new job before 2019, now's the time to make a career change: October…
Here are the stores that will be closed for Thanksgiving 2018
Costco, Home Depot, Ikea among stores that will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, 2018 Shopping & Retail October 2, 2018
Retailers are responding to customer backlash over the companies' quests to make a buck on what is supposed to be…
Think twice before using Facebook to log into other apps & websites
Think twice before using Facebook to log into other apps & websites Protect Your Rights & Identity October 2, 2018
If you're an avid user of social media, perhaps the most recent Facebook data breach is still fresh on your mind.…