Craig Johnson is a writer who covers cars, jobs and travel. He joined Clark.com in 2018. Craig has written and edited in newspapers such as The Detroit News and The Atlanta-Journal Constitution as well as for CNN.com and HLN. Born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, he enjoys writing about ways you can get what you want for less by using apps and other money-saving platforms. He also keeps a pulse on the latest scams and tips to help you protect your personal information. You can reach Craig at [email protected]
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These children’s smartwatches are raising some serious privacy concerns
These children’s smartwatches are raising some serious privacy concerns Shopping & Retail October 20, 2017
Some popular children's gadgets, including smartwatches available internationally, have been found to have security flaws so serious that individuals could…
Study: Compared to baby boomers, millennials are pretty careless about cybersecurity
Study: Compared to baby boomers, millennials are pretty careless about cybersecurity Mobile & Electronics October 19, 2017
A recent study on young adults and technology reveals that millennials, generally thought to be more tech-saavy, are lax about…
These states are the most vulnerable to identity theft and fraud
These states are the most vulnerable to identity theft and fraud Money & Credit October 19, 2017
If the Equifax data breach has taught Americans anything, it's that even the institutions trusted with protecting consumers' most personal…
$55 for a cup of Joe? The story behind the most expensive cup of coffee in the world
$55 for a cup of Joe? The story behind the most expensive cup of coffee in the world Money & Credit October 18, 2017
If you think that $5 cup of Joe you normally get at Starbucks is costly, an ultra-rare strand of coffee…
Equifax data breach - Clark Howard credit freeze guide
Equifax Data Breach: Credit agency loses $7.2 million contract with IRS Money & Credit October 17, 2017
Problems continue to mount for credit-reporting agency Equifax, who this week lost its bid to keep a major contract with…
Study: Two-thirds of Americans don’t know bank overdraft protection is optional
Study: Two-thirds of Americans don’t know bank overdraft protection is optional Banks & Banking October 17, 2017
Banks have a certain air of authority in their correspondence with customers — and why wouldn't they? The banking industry…
Why paying with cash may not save you from credit card fees
Why paying with cash may not save you from credit card fees Money & Credit October 16, 2017
You've been through the drill a million times: The cashier rings up your item and asks you the question: "Are…
Equifax data breach - Clark Howard credit freeze guide
The cyberinsurance market is skyrocketing, report says Insurance October 13, 2017
The Equifax data breach did more than expose 145.5 million U.S. consumers to identity theft — it opened the eyes of…
Equifax data breach - Clark Howard credit freeze guide
Report: 21% of consumers have never checked their credit Money & Credit October 13, 2017
In the aftermath of the Equifax data breach, American consumers were faced with a stark reality: They could either use…
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The 5 best credit cards for travel Money & Credit October 12, 2017
With the leaves beginning to fall in earnest, you may be wondering if you can squeeze in one last trip…
Equifax data breach - Clark Howard credit freeze guide
Equifax Data Breach: Embattled credit bureau says it was hacked again Money & Credit October 12, 2017
Already in the midst of the worst year ever for a credit-reporting agency, Equifax said Thursday that it was the…
Northern California wildfires: Here’s how you can help
Northern California wildfires: Here’s how you can help October 12, 2017
The death toll continues to rise in Northern California as fast-moving wildfires have caused widespread evacuations and destroyed more than…
Twitter scam
Beware: Twitter scam could hijack your account October 11, 2017
A new Twitter scam is enticing users by appealing to their vanity in order to get them to hand over…
Why you may need a virtual credit card
Digital payments forecast: 726 billion transactions a year by 2020, study says Money & Credit October 11, 2017
As technology continues to seep into almost every aspect of our lives, the use of digital payments is set to…
Buckle up in the back seat
Study: 4 out of 5 back-seat passengers say they don’t buckle up Cars October 10, 2017
Let's take a poll: How many times have you gotten into the back seat of a Lyft or Uber and…
Equifax data breach - Clark Howard credit freeze guide
Report: Equifax was alerted to security risk a year before data breach Money & Credit October 10, 2017
A damning news report indicates that the Equifax data breach, which has exposed as many as 145.5 million people to…
3 ways the new rules on payday loans will help consumers
3 ways the new rules on payday loans will help consumers Money & Credit October 9, 2017
There are new regulations coming that aim to help borrowers from becoming entrapped by payday loans. The rules, brought about…
Want to save money on insurance? Try bundling
Here’s the #1 way to save money on insurance Insurance October 6, 2017
It seems insurance premiums always continue to creep up no matter if you've had a recent claim or not. But…
How to get a $40 reward card for just test-driving a car
How to get a $40 reward card for just test-driving a car Cars October 6, 2017
Even if you're not necessarily in the market for a new car, I think it's safe to say that free…
Data breaches: Here’s how safe your money is at banks and other financial institutions
Data breaches: Here’s how safe your money is at banks and other financial institutions Money & Credit October 5, 2017
You have to forgive the modern consumer these days if they're a bit skittish when handing over their personal information.…
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3 sites you need to visit before you buy a used car Cars October 5, 2017
Aside from a home, buying a vehicle can be one of the biggest purchases you're ever going to make. Since…
PlayStation debuts credit cards
Game on? Sony debuts PlayStation rewards credit card Mobile & Electronics October 4, 2017
Gamers are well accustomed to scoring points and winning a prize or a reward each time they grab the controller.…
Recall: Playtex plates and bowls. Image credit: Consumer Product Safety Commission
Playtex recalls 3.6 million children’s plates and bowls over choking hazard Recalls October 3, 2017
Playtex has issued a recall on some of its children's plates and bowls, citing them as a choking hazard, the…
Equifax Data Breach: 2.5 million more consumers affected, ex-CEO faces Congress
Equifax Data Breach: 2.5 million more consumers affected, ex-CEO faces Congress Money & Credit October 3, 2017
Just when consumers were coming to grips with the financial debacle that is the Equifax data breach, the number of…
Write a check to pay the credit card bill
These banks & credit unions offer free checking Banks & Banking October 2, 2017
When is free checking not really free? These days, many banking institutions offer checking accounts that they claim are free,…
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Auto sales, Harvey contributed to slowed consumer spending in August, U.S. says Deals & Savings September 29, 2017
Dinged by slow auto sales, U.S. consumer spending softened in August, according to Commerce Department figures released Friday. Consumer spending…
What is a Social Security Number and why do we have one?
What is a Social Security Number and why do we have one? Money & Credit September 29, 2017
Much has been made recently about the importance of protecting your personal information in the aftermath of the Equifax data…
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Women are reaching financial adulthood before men, new study finds Money & Credit September 29, 2017
In all the key indicators across the board, millennial women are achieving milestones that they defined as representing financial adulthood…
Why you may need a virtual credit card
Why you should probably be using virtual credit cards Money & Credit September 28, 2017
With data breaches happening all around us and credit card fraud losses topping $9 billion, many consumers are going high-tech…
Boy builds tiny house
How a 13-year-old built his own tiny house for $1,500 Homes & Real Estate September 27, 2017
A 13-year-old boy is making headlines this week after building his own home for $1,500, according to multiple news reports.…