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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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…
These 2019 model cars have already won safety awards
New report: Here are the safest car models for 2019 Cars December 20, 2018
If you're like a lot of people, the impending arrival of the new year might have you in the mind…
FTC: Some internet-connected smart toys are far from child's play
New FTC warning: Some internet-connected toys are far from child’s play Protect Your Rights & Identity December 19, 2018
If you're concerned about privacy, buying toys for your kids these days is serious business. Internet-connected smart toys are everywhere…
Facebook shared your data with other companies
Report: Facebook shared private messages with Amazon, 150+ others Protect Your Rights & Identity December 19, 2018
Facebook has spent much of the past 12 months apologizing and trying to make amends for the Cambridge Analytica data…
Government shutdown 2018: Here's what's likely to be closed or open
Government shutdown 2018: Here’s what might affect you Life December 18, 2018
With the U.S. government shut down for now, the ramifications could be widespread, affecting federal salaried and hourly workers, small…
Experian lets consumers raise credit scores from utility bills
Could your cell phone bill be the key to a better credit score? Money & Credit December 18, 2018
Do you always pay your cell phone and utility bills on time? In the near future, you could get a…
These companies will buy your home for cash
These companies will buy your home for cash Homes & Real Estate December 17, 2018
If you're a homeowner, maybe you've gotten something in the mail from a company looking to buy your home. The…
money mistakes to avoid in 2019
The biggest money mistakes to avoid in 2019 Money & Credit December 14, 2018
No matter your age or station in life, making good decisions with your money is a noble goal to have…
Free Shipping Day 2018: Everything you need to know
Free Shipping Day 2018: Everything you need to know Shopping & Retail December 13, 2018
The holiday rush is on as shoppers try to beat the clock to have their items delivered in time for…
These states are the most vulnerable to identity theft and fraud
‘No consequences’: Clark’s take on the government’s Equifax data breach report Protect Your Rights & Identity December 12, 2018
The government's final report on the Equifax data breach was released this week, more than 14 months after one of…
Which cars cost the least to repair?
The 10 late-model cars with the lowest repair costs Cars December 12, 2018
When it comes to choosing a vehicle, many of us may make a decision based on gas mileage or styling.…
Cities that will pay you to move there
Looking for a change of scenery? These cities will pay you to move there! Jobs & Military December 12, 2018
There's a good chance you think  that it pays to live where you do. Maybe you have good neighbors, a…
Why users are complaining about Zelle, the popular money app
Here’s why Clark says to stay away from the Zelle payment app Mobile & Electronics December 11, 2018
Mobile banking, which allows people to send and receive money with a few clicks of their smartphone, has exploded over…
Here's the data that tech companies keep on you
What the big tech companies know about you in one scary image Protect Your Rights & Identity December 11, 2018
If a stranger walked up to you and asked you for your name, marital status and place of employment, you…
New report: 10 used car models with the biggest discounts in December
New report: 10 used car models with the biggest discounts in December Cars December 4, 2018
Purchasing a vehicle for a good price has a lot to do with timing. If you buy at the wrong…
Digital driver's licenses: States ditching plastic for technology
Digital driver’s licenses: States are ditching plastic for technology Cars December 3, 2018
Basically since the advent of the automobile, fear of losing your wallet — especially your driver's license — has plagued Americans. But…
Best new car incentives available right now to year’s end
Looking for a new car? Here are the best incentives & deals out there right now Cars December 3, 2018
One of the only things better than that new car smell is a new car deal, and December has quite…
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…
WOW Air: 9 things to know before you fly
WOW Air: 9 things to know before you fly Travel December 3, 2018
A super-cheap plane ticket is the holy grail of air travel, and it's hard to beat $99 for an international…
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…
Marriott: ata breach exposed info of 500 million Starwood guests
After data breach, Marriott says it’ll pay for new passports — under one condition Protect Your Rights & Identity November 30, 2018
—Another data breach, this time at Marriott's Starwood brand, has reignited privacy concerns after the company recently announced that 500 million…
Everything you need to know about the Goodyear tire controversy linked to nearly 100 deaths & injuries
If you have these tires on your recreational vehicle, you might want to take action now Cars November 29, 2018
A popular model of Goodyear tires for larger vehicles is under increased scrutiny after federal regulators discovered that they have…
Clark’s take: Why you should never buy an airline ticket with a debit card
Clark’s take: Why you should never buy an airline ticket with a debit card Travel November 29, 2018
Travel season presents itself with lots of opportunities to snatch deals on airfares, but oftentimes you have to act quickly.…
Should you register your new products?
Should you register your new products? Money Saving Advice November 28, 2018
If you've taken advantage of the sales offered over Black Friday weekend, participated in Cyber Monday or bought really just…
How to reach your favorite airline via social media
Your best shot at good airline customer service may be through social media Travel November 28, 2018
If you've ever had an issue with an airline reservation or flight, you know it can be quite a challenge…
Porch pirates tips on avoiding package theft
Avoid porch pirates with these delivery options from Amazon, UPS, FedEx and USPS Shopping & Retail November 21, 2018
Every year with the holidays comes good cheer, chilly weather and, unfortunately, porch pirates. This is the season when thieves…
Early Black Friday 2018: Stores open on Thanksgiving
Early Black Friday 2018: Stores open on Thanksgiving Shopping & Retail November 20, 2018
The biggest day in retail — Black Friday — is upon us once again. That means there's going to be…
Free shipping day: Key ordering dates for the holidays
Want to beat the Christmas rush? Here are key shipping deadlines for the holidays Online Shopping November 19, 2018
With the annual holiday shopping frenzy here, those of us who would rather shop online than brave long lines in…
Here's how Amazon Prime members can see 'Aquaman' early
Here’s how Amazon Prime members can see ‘Aquaman’ early Shopping & Retail November 19, 2018
Amazon is pretty much rolling out the red carpet for Prime members this holiday season. Not only are there great…
Having trouble with Experian & Equifax credit freezes? Here are some answers
Having trouble with Experian & Equifax credit freezes? Here’s some help Protect Your Rights & Identity November 19, 2018
It's only been a short while since credit freezes were made free by the three major credit-reporting bureaus. The government-mandated…