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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Verified calls: How AT&T, Comcast plan to tackle robocalls
AT&T, Comcast team up for plan to tackle robocalls Mobile & Electronics March 21, 2019
With the current state of unwanted calls at an all-time high, it's safe to say that caller ID has lost its…
Face it: Your image may be in IBM's facial recognition database
Are your social media photos being used for facial recognition research? Protect Your Identity March 21, 2019
If you have a Flickr account, your image may be included in a vast facial recognition database created by IBM.…
Should you buy a refurbished phone?
Buying a refurbished phone: What you need to know Mobile & Electronics March 21, 2019
If you've lost your cell phone or it stops working, you already know that a brand-new replacement isn't cheap. If…
How to manage your monthly subscriptions to save money
How to manage your monthly subscriptions to save money Money & Credit March 20, 2019
Many of the services we use on a daily basis are set up as monthly subscriptions. Whether it's Netflix, Spotify…
Best family cars for 2019
New report: The best family cars for 2019 Cars March 19, 2019
A new vehicle is only a good purchase if it suits your needs. If you have a family, sleekness and…
How to protect yourself against 'virtual kidnappings'
How to protect yourself against the ‘virtual kidnapping’ scam Scams & Rip-Offs March 19, 2019
Although they've been around for years, "virtual kidnappings" are back with a vengeance and there are fresh alerts from law…
Should you trust Better Business Bureau ratings?
Should you trust Better Business Bureau ratings? Scams & Rip-Offs March 18, 2019
If you ever have a bad experience with a business or feel cheated by a company in some way, a…
Gas station loyalty programs that save you money
9 gas station loyalty programs that can save you money on fuel Cars March 15, 2019
The price of gasoline may go up and down, but there's almost always a way to save. One of the…
If you use the Chrome browser, you should update it NOW
If you use the Chrome browser, you should update it NOW Protect Your Identity March 15, 2019
If Google Chrome is your browser of choice, your computer may be in danger from "previously publicly-unknown vulnerabilities," according to…
Can you really use *77 to block spam calls?
Can you stop unwanted calls by dialing *77? Protect Your Identity March 14, 2019
Lots of us get annoying unwanted calls on our home phones from blocked numbers. But the situation — as frustrating…
Here's the #1 to save money and cut energy costs
The #1 thing you can do right now to save on energy bills Homes & Real Estate March 13, 2019
If your energy bill is taking a big toll on your bottom line, it might be time to look into…
What stores offer military discounts year-round?
35+ military discounts that are available year-round Military March 12, 2019
If you're an active member of the armed forces or a veteran, you probably know that plenty of stores and…
American citizens will need to register to travel in Europe
Americans will need to register to travel to some parts of Europe starting in 2021 Travel March 11, 2019
If you're planning a trip to Europe in the next decade, you should know that there might be an extra…
Accident forgiveness what you need to know
Should you buy an auto insurance policy with accident forgiveness? Insurance March 8, 2019
Auto accidents can be a very stressful ordeal. If no one is seriously hurt, your first worry may well be…
The best car-buying apps to help you save money
Test driving 10 of the best car-buying apps Cars March 8, 2019
If you're thinking of buying a car, you should know that the days of driving to multiple dealerships in search…
New scam spoofs Homeland Security: Here's how to stop it
New scam alert: No, the Department of Homeland Security isn’t calling you Scams & Rip-Offs March 6, 2019
What would you do if the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) called you and started asking personal questions? Criminals…
Facebook allows some phone numbers to be searchable — and you can't disable it -- Data breach: Facebook says 50 million users hacked
Facebook lets anyone find you using your phone number — here’s how to restrict that Mobile & Electronics March 6, 2019
If you think you've locked down your Facebook account, you might want to think again. There are new reports of…
Where can you live for $50,000? Your paycheck goes a long way in these cities
Where can you live for $50,000? Your paycheck goes a long way in these cities Homes & Real Estate March 5, 2019
If you're struggling to make ends meet, you may be wondering if your address has anything to do with it.…
Southwest Airlines begins service to Hawaii
You can now officially fly Southwest Airlines to Hawaii — starting from $49! Travel March 4, 2019
In a highly anticipated move, Southwest Airlines began selling tickets to Hawaii today. The airline will fly to the islands…
More people are complaining about this scam than any other
This type of scam cost Americans half a BILLION dollars last year Scams & Rip-Offs March 1, 2019
Whether you're talking to someone on the phone, via email or on social media, it's getting harder and harder to…
How to find your phone’s IMEI number fast
How to find your phone’s IMEI number fast Mobile & Electronics February 28, 2019
If you're looking to switch cell phone providers, one thing you're going to need is your International Mobile Equipment Identity…
'Drainer Bot' may be draining your phone battery: Here's how to stop it
Is a weird ‘bot’ draining your phone’s battery? Here’s how to find out Mobile & Electronics February 26, 2019
If you've noticed that your smartphone's battery seems like it's draining faster than normal, it may not be your imagination.…
places to get free food on your birthday
40+ places to get free food on your birthday Deals & Savings February 25, 2019
If your birthday is coming up, what better what to enjoy it than with free food? Tons of restaurants offer…
Plumber repairing a hot-water heater
9 emergency expenses and how much you should budget for them Money & Credit February 25, 2019
If the money that you earn is just enough to cover the bills, you might find yourself in a bind…
Hotel room rates are going down: Here's how to take advantage
Hotel rates are going down: Here’s how to find cheap rooms Travel February 19, 2019
If you've been shopping for hotel rooms recently, you may have noticed that prices are going down. What gives? Hotels,…
These used cars are better than their newer models
Cars you’ll want to buy used rather than new this year Cars February 14, 2019
If you're shopping for a vehicle, a new car is great: Everything works, it's sleek and it has that unmistakable…
How to stop junk mail with OptOutPrescreen
How to stop junk mail with OptOutPrescreen Protect Your Rights & Identity February 14, 2019
If getting too much junk mail is an ongoing problem for you, there's a great option for getting rid of…
Broken Heart On Dollar Bills
Avoid these romance and dating scams this Valentine’s Day Scams & Rip-Offs February 12, 2019
Valentine's Day may evoke thoughts of red roses, fine wine and perhaps a nice restaurant or surprise getaway, but there's…
Trip insurance guide: Everything you need to know
5 things to know before you buy travel insurance Travel February 11, 2019
Travel insurance is designed to protect travelers by giving them a way to get their money back in the event…
Check with pen
These online banks, credit unions and traditional banks all offer free checking accounts Money & Credit February 7, 2019
It's getting harder to find a free checking account these days, but there are still some options out there among…