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FTC sending check to scareware victims

On December 12, 2011

If you get a check in the mail from the Federal Trade Commission, it’s not a scam. Enjoy this holiday gift that’s really the result of a settlement.The FTC is sending more than 300,000 consumers refund checks because they were the victim of a “scareware.” The FTC settled with Innovative Marketing and other parties involved in the scheme. The FTC…

Solving problems / Tech

Where to Recycle, Donate, Buy, or Sell Electronics

On May 25, 2011

We can’t live without our smartphones. The models become outdated quickly, creating lots of electronic trash. You can trade in your old phone, sell it yourself, or recycle it. Smartphones are easy to get rid of properly, but what about all the other electronics in our home like old TVs or computers? Here’s ways you can recycle your electronic trash…

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New ways to erase your digital footprint

On March 17, 2011

The Federal Trade Commission testified before a Senate Hearing on digital privacy.  As I exposed in a November report on your digital footprint, the FTC called online tracking “invisible” to the consumer. The FTC is pushing for a universal Do Not Track option for browsing. Right now, browsers are introducing their own, individual do not track options that go by…