How Target Snooped on Shoppers, Changed Prices Based on Location
How Target Snooped on Shoppers, Changed Prices Based on Location

on February 16, 2019

A recent TV investigation suggests that Target effectively tracked shoppers to decide how much to charge them for items online. Here’s the take-away for every consumer.

Comcast Fee Has Jumped 900 Percent in 5 Years — for Free Channels
Comcast Fee Has Jumped 900 Percent in 5 Years — for Free Channels

on January 22, 2019

Multiple traditional TV providers are charging customers for something they could get for free. Are you paying this fee every month?

Investing Pioneer Showed Us How Fees Rob Our Retirement Funds
Investing Pioneer Showed Us How Fees Rob Our Retirement Funds

on January 19, 2019

Vanguard Group founder and investor advocate John “Jack” Bogle died Wednesday at age 89. Here’s what his legacy means for your nest egg.

Hey, Holiday Travelers: Beware of This Sneaky New Hotel Fee
Hey, Holiday Travelers: Beware of This Sneaky New Hotel Fee

on December 8, 2017

Before you book your next hotel in a major city, make sure you find out if you’ll be paying an “urban destination charge”

After Equifax Data Hack, Should I Freeze My Account?
After Equifax Data Hack, Should I Freeze My Account?

on September 14, 2017

If you’re concerned about identity theft following the credit bureau’s massive data breach, this is a tool that could protect you — but use with caution.

Giant Credit Bureaus to Pay Millions for Alleged Deception
Giant Credit Bureaus to Pay Millions for Alleged Deception

on January 4, 2017

Ever get sucked into a paid subscription or click through pages of ads while trying to get your free credit score? This may explain why.

FCC Dings Comcast for Bullying Cable Customers
FCC Dings Comcast for Bullying Cable Customers

on October 12, 2016

Consumers complained of charges for unwanted products and channels, unmet promises for refunds and hours spent pursuing customer service help. Is the penalty big enough for force change?

Don’t Click on That: Infected Zip Files are Invading Email Again
Don’t Click on That: Infected Zip Files are Invading Email Again

on September 23, 2016

Just when you’ve turned your attention to a new cyberthreat, an old one has resurfaced. Don’t be caught by surprise.

For-Profit College Chain Closure Leaves Wreckage, Debt for Thousands
For-Profit College Chain Closure Leaves Wreckage, Debt for Thousands

on September 7, 2016

The closing of ITT is a case for making education in this country not only accessible, but also scam-free.

Your Smartphone Could Be Seized By Criminals Demanding Ransom
Your Smartphone Could Be Seized By Criminals Demanding Ransom

on July 12, 2016

Sadly, you need to take steps to prevent extortion through your mobile phone. Here’s what you need to know about this emerging threat.

What Would It Take for America to Be Great Again, Really?
What Would It Take for America to Be Great Again, Really?

on July 4, 2016

As we observe the nation’s birthday, consider this: When was the country really greater than it is now? And what would it take to make it better?

Why Are We All (Including Our Leaders) Ignoring the Big Problem?
Why Are We All (Including Our Leaders) Ignoring the Big Problem?

on June 8, 2016

The elephant in the room is only getting more obvious: We need to plan for a future where billions of people are automated out of jobs.

Is It OK — or Even Legal — to Fire Longtime Employees?
Is It OK — or Even Legal — to Fire Longtime Employees?

on June 2, 2016

A controversial columnist just voiced what many employers were wondering. But is it acceptable?

Why My Bank’s Upgraded Security Blocked Me From My Money
Why My Bank’s Upgraded Security Blocked Me From My Money

on May 17, 2016

I appreciate my bank’s effort to beef up security. But my story illustrates why security tools that aren’t ready for prime time may do more damage than good.

Text Senders Be Warned: You May Be Blamed for a Driver’s Accident
Text Senders Be Warned: You May Be Blamed for a Driver’s Accident

on May 5, 2016

If you love to text, know that the courts may find you responsible if your message interferes with the text recipient’s driving and something goes wrong.

Beware: Phishing Is Still a Thing, Because It Works
Beware: Phishing Is Still a Thing, Because It Works

on April 28, 2016

It turns out that old-fashioned phishing has new-fangled ways of taking advantage of us. Be on guard.

Hospital Ransomware Hacks Show Our System is Focused on the Wrong Things
Hospital Ransomware Hacks Show Our System is Focused on the Wrong Things

on April 25, 2016

Our efforts to protect patient privacy, through HIPAA, are ‘defending patient records instead of patient health.’ Meanwhile, security systems against hackers are in shambles.

How Outlet Stores Lure Customers Into Buying With ‘Phantom Discounts’
How Outlet Stores Lure Customers Into Buying With ‘Phantom Discounts’

on April 19, 2016

A class-action lawsuit with backing from the FTC is taking on outlet stores that offer discounts on prices that never existed and other practices described as essentially false advertising.

The Sad Truth About All Those New U.S. Jobs
The Sad Truth About All Those New U.S. Jobs

on April 12, 2016

Yes, many more people are employed than a few years back, but political debates should be focused on how to generate good jobs — not just more opportunities waiting tables.

Worried About Your Car Getting Hacked? So Is the FBI
Worried About Your Car Getting Hacked? So Is the FBI

on March 25, 2016

More sophisticated technology in cars — and among hackers — means there are perils lurking. Consumers and law enforcers have reason to be concerned.

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